"At the door, the curator took the old man's hand with an extra firmness. "My heart has a wish, Father: that you would not go." THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: After reemerging in North America with two releases in 2006 - the Seclusion mini-album and their In The Fishtank collaboration with ISIS - Scotland's AEREOGRAMME (Craig B., Iain Cook, Campbell McNeil and Martin Scott) return with their most accomplished studio effort to date and plans to tour the U.S. for the first time in four years.
Snappily entitled My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go, Aereogramme's third full-length album is an ambitious, cinematic and beautiful beast. Produced by Aereogramme and Martin Doherty, the album was recorded in Glasgow at 4th Street Studios and will be released in North America on February 6, 2007. The album will be preceded in the UK by a 7" single featuring the song "Barriers" and B-Side "Dissolve." The stunning video for "Barriers," by animator and band friend Hugo Cuellar, is darkly gorgeous and complements the epic isolation and yearning of the lyrics.
Trading in the dense metallic heaviness that filled half of Seclusion for a quieter, more nuanced feel, My Heart Has A Wish ... illuminates the dynamic peaks and valleys of the group's musical landscape more than ever before. The band's "new" approach was not just a matter of aesthetics: Following an endless run of touring and an over-reliance on the products of Messrs. Jack Daniels and Phillip Morris, Craig B succumbed to a brutal throat infection in early 2005 which effectively rendered him mute for several weeks. Adjusting to his temporarily Trappist existence, Craig began writing songs for what would become My Heart Has A Wish... His condition would not only set the tone for his writing, it would fundamentally alter its style: previous use of quiet/loud formulas and cathartic screaming were jettisoned in favor of a more restrained -- though no less powerful -- approach.
The title is taken from William Peter Blatty's book, The Exorcist: Craig B explains the choice: "It's a really beautiful line from the book which never made it into the screenplay surprisingly. It's from the first chapter as Father Merrin decides to return to America and says farewell to his friend. It's simply loaded with foreboding, resignation and hope - which seemed to resonate with our outlook going into this album, so it worked on a number of different levels."
From the exhilarating rush of album opener, "A Conscious Life For Coma Boy," to the sun-dappled love song of "You're Always Welcome," My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go navigates a course through the human condition that's both joyous and melancholy, often at the same time. The musical references along the way are eclectically bold and fearlessly varied: "Running Man" unapologetically recreates splashes of 80's sci-fi electronica; the minimalist beauty of "Exits" recalls the work of Cliff Martinez; "Finding A Light" touches on the melodramatic epiphany of a Bob Fosse musical while the first single, "Barriers," plunders Anne Rice's imaginings to evoke the twisted, fucked-up regality of a vampire ball. When you add to this the elegiac exploration of wistful escapism during The Great War ("Trenches") and the maddening reflections on forlorn brotherhood in the epic "Living Backwards," you have a collection of songs shot through with the kind of singular ambition that puts many of Aereogramme's peers to shame. Look for North American tour dates in spring 2007. For more info, go to www.sonicunyon.com/aereogramme .