Gareth Williams & Mary Currie
Flaming Tunes

Blackest Ever Black

Straight up I’m going to say that “Flaming Tunes” probably ranks in my 10 or 15 favorite albums ever. It’s stunning to think that this album was recorded in the early/mid 80s. It achieves something that few albums do in that it is absolutely timeless music. It could exist in any era and not sound out of place. Williams is obviously best known for his work in This Heat, but “Flaming Tunes” is something else entirely and hits me a lot harder. It destroys me every time. The lazy whimsical feel of “The Best Weapon” as it longingly rolls along, stuck staring forward. Dub infused riddim allows “Breast Stroke” to paint sonic sand castles with strings and piano. “Beguiling the Hours” is a perfect pop oddity with clattering percussion and spastic horns squeals as Williams voice works to guide you through the sideshow. And it’s pretty damn catchy too. It’s almost overpowering how, once you get into the guts of “Flaming Tunes,” how it completley wraps itself around you. Underpinned by a recording of crickets and rain, “Raindrops From Heaven” is the spirtual centerpoint of the record. Even with it’s minimal approach, the rich atmosphere created by the field recordings, lumbering percussion, and thoughtful piano progressions. It’s so simple and so wonderful. There’s such a tangible quality to the music - the layers of melody, the dilapidated electronic beats, and their voices - all of it works together to project such vivid imagery and texture. It creates memories of a place you’ve never been yet can’t forget. And yet it’s the mischievious quality of music and lyrics that makes it all stick. “Flaming Tunes” never takes itself too serious and never loses the feeling of joy that its permeated by. This is such a great record - I seriously can’t recommend it enough. - Brad Rose, Experimedia¬†

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