WITH A distinct lack of hullabaloo, 'Wish
Thing' by Torch Song gives a first
impression of almost nothing at all. A
sort of wishy washy lack of anythingness
that has its strains floating by and
nearly out of the window.
beneath the surface lies a lingering
oddness which doesn't go away when the
record finishes. Something haunts the
ether and one feels compelled to return
to the curious sleeve (depicting a bunny,
a teddy and a froggy it's been
filed under Childrens Listening' in
some stores) to withdraw the disc and
begin to examine the mystery.
'Wish Thing' is the result
of three years of labour by Grant
Gilbert, Laurie Mayer and William Orbit.
Aided by the money of Miles Copeland and
assorted bank loans, their set up
includes themselves, production,
management and design companies all under
one roof and a 24 track studio under
another (the grange) roof.
William: "There's a
type of music around now where everything
leaps out at you and it's intended that
way. In our music you have to go looking
for some of the things. Some records can
be fully assessed after the second play
with nothing left to discover. We hope
our music will have something left to
discover in the sixth or sixtieth
Grant: "The music is
textural. The textures of the background
music are as important as the main
melody. We're not giving the front more
status than the back as most records do.
After about three hearings people begin
to adjust their perspective. The problem
we have is that some people might not
feel motivated to listen to it more than
once. People can't automatically adjust
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