SW027 // All We Are & Alex Kapranos – Heart Attack
The new release on Speedy Wunderground and the 27th in the label’s single series will be:
All We Are & Alex Kapranos – Heart Attack
Out 5th April on limited 7” vinyl (250 copies) + digital
http://speedywunderground.com/shop/All We Are and Alex Kapranos both have history with Speedy Wunderground. Label boss Dan Carey produced AWA’s shimmering self-titled debut album and also Franz Ferdinand’s third long-player Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. For the latter Carey also created a dub remix version of the entire album called Blood, tapping into his love of dub and earlier work with artists like Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor.
In true Speedy style this new collaboration came about completely off the cuff. Kapranos came to the Speedy Wunderground stage at London’s Label Mates Festival at Moth Club in late Jan to see an artist he had been working with play. All We Are were also on the bill, and after chatting with the band and Dan they invited Alex to come to the Speedy session they had planned with the band two days later at Dan’s studio in Streatham.
Once in a room together the music came fast. The remainder of the day was spent forming lyrical ideas. All present including Carey contributed, jotting down ideas, excerpts of the days phrases and conversations and putting them together in true William Burroughs cut-ups style. ‘It was a way to detach from conventional song subject-matter’ says Kapranos. All We Are agreed, ‘the writing process was a lot of fun and for us a completely fresh way of looking at it.’
The resulting track ‘Heart Attack’ is a skittering disco-post-punk jam. Equal parts of all their day jobs form something fresh, with echoes of Talking Heads and Alex’s unmistakable vocal delivery over the top. ‘The Speedy tracks are always such a good vibe and the studio is such a special place’ say All We Are. Kapranos adds, ‘as I think is typical for the label, nothing existed in the morning when we got together, and then suddenly everything was completed and recorded by the time we went for a pizza in the evening.’
Get out of the K-hole. Get on to the beach.
Speedy Wunderground are Dan Carey, Alexis Smith & Pierre Hall.