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TLV093: The Proper Ornaments - Foxhole - ltd ed translucent blue LP w/ bonus 7" - pre-order

by The Proper Ornaments


Foxhole is the latest album from James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames) under the name of The Proper Ornaments. On ‘Foxhole’ they’ve sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge.

The title isn’t a reference to Television’s jaunty proto-punk record but seems to be more of a dark, protective interior, a head space sketched out on ‘Jeremy’s Song’. While their particularly recognisable production style (a bright, frozen counterpoint to the airless mixes one encounters more often) remains, three things stand out as likely reasons for the shift in mood. By the time they got around to recording again in James’ bedroom in Finsbury Park that Summer, the instability around the recording of ‘Wooden Head’ (and the five years before) had slid into a deep and seething acrimony. Second, they both bought pianos. Third, when the band, with Daniel Nellis and Bobby Syme joining on bass and drums went to record at Tin Room in Hackney in June, the pinch wheel on the 8 track machine was broken and somehow no one noticed. All but one recording, ‘The Frozen Stare,’ was hopelessly warped, so they went and did it all again from scratch back at James’.

Released on 20th January 2017. Available on limited edition translucent blue vinyl, with a secret two-track 7". Only 250 copies, w/download code

1. Back Pages 2
2. Cremated (Blown Away)
3. Memories
4. Just a Dream
5. 1969
6. The Frozen Stare
7. Jeremy’s Song
8. When We Were Young
9. Bridge By a Tunnel
10. I Know You Know
11. The Devils

plus secret 2 track 7"