Thick Pigeon \ Miranda Dali + Singles [LTMCD 2381]
CD and digital reissue of the second album from New York avant-pop duopoly Thick Pigeon, originally released by Les Disques du Crépuscule in 1991.
Again a collaboration between songwriter/vocalist Stanton Miranda and arranger/producer Carter Burwell, the album offers up ten object lessons in oblique pop-art genius. Stand-out tracks include Riding, One and Wrong and an unexpected cover of the Maria McKee classic Breathe. The ten bonus cuts include the pair of minimalist Thick Pigeon singles released on Crépuscule between 1982 and 1983, Subway/Sudan and Tracy + Pansy/Dog, as well four rare compilation tracks and the unreleased remix single Jess + Bart produced by Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order. The closing acoustic version of Sudan features the late, great Arthur Russell on cello.
10. St. G.
13. Tracy + Pansy
15. Jess + Bart
17. Woodentop Talk
18. Jingle Bell Rock
19. Jess + Bart (mix)
20. Sudan (acoustic)
This new edition of Miranda Dali has been remastered from the original master tapes, and features striking cover artwork by Jean-Paul Goude.
"Songs have been tightened up and the acoutrements of the first album ditched for a smoother sound. Extra track Woodentop Talk is a dispassionate take on eroticism if ever there was one" (The Wire, 04/2004)
"Art pop doesn't get much better than this. For a man used to scoring film music, Carter Burwell avoided big cinematic gestures; eerie minimalist electronica dominates whilst Miranda trills, whispers and - of course - sings her heart out like a particularly intelligent schoolgirl" (Leonard's Lair, 01/2004)
"Even when they wig out Thick Pigeon still enthrall. This is something pretty close to a lost classic" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 03/2004)
"Oblique but more finished than the debut. It's sad that pop, unlike other media, is so scornful of this sort of talent" (Uncut, 06/2004)
"Miranda Dali is one of those great unclassifiable one-offs that come out of nowhere once every few years" (Melody Maker, 06/1991)