On Flight of Ideas, Warm Digits make a call to arms: when we all think our ideas are right, what are the costs of never believing you could be wrong?
Looking back to the history of psychology to find out what happens when ideas outlive their sell-by date, with their vocal guests, Warm Digits set up a blistering musical exchange between fluorescent agit-funk, primary-coloured synth-bounce and fizzing sheets of guitar noise. The duo effortlessly capture the kaleidoscopic abandon of their lauded live shows, whilst simultaneously exploring more tuneful territory. Their latest album (out April 10 on Memphis Industries) features vocal contributions from Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, The Lovely Eggs, The Orielles, Rozi Plain and The Delgados’ Emma Pollock.
“The View From Nowhere” refers to the mid-century approach to psychotherapy which required the therapist to remove the ‘self’ from their view of the patient. Artists, Josie Brookes and Tom Madge responded to the struggle inherent within this idea and the pulsating ebb and flow of both the music, and the personal narrative within the lyrics
The finished video was created using 2D stop-motion animation with Emma Pollock’s performance cut from printed film stills. The undulating head belongs with, but is at odds with, Josie’s bold sequences of geometric print. Together they push and pull with the song to explore ideas of identity and someone working to separate themselves from their humanity.
Delving into the history of human interaction and its failings, Warm Digits explore how ideas and theories can live on as received wisdom long beyond their sell-by date. Digging up dusty pockets of history and long-neglected psychological research, they were surprised to find much that seemed suddenly relevant again. Discovering metaphors for modernity in controversial 70s experiments exploring gender, sanity and warped perspectives, the album also takes its title from the band’s finds. Defined as “a rapid shifting of ideas with only superficial associative connections between them” Flight of Ideas’ relevance to our current information landscape hardly needs pointing out.
The album will be available as a limited Dinked edition
orange vinyl on mirror board sleeve with exclusive 7” featuring two brand new,
exclusive non album tracks, “Be Like Me” and “Divided
Attention”. The orange vinyl with standard sleeve is available from the
Warm Digits store HERE.
Based between Newcastle and Manchester, Warm Digits consists of multi-instrumentalists Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis. The Memphis Industries signings’ previous album, Wireless World, (which featured guest vocals from Field Music and Sarah Cracknell amongst others), garnered plaudits from BBC 6Music including an Album of the Day slot, and boosted them on to the festival bills of Bluedot, Green Man and Festival No.6.
The duo are on tour with label mates POLIÇA in February before embarking on their own headline tour in April and May – including celebrating the album release with an instore at Rough Trade East full list of dates below:
07 February, Bristol, Thekla with POLIÇA SOLD OUT
08 February, Manchester, Gorilla with POLIÇA
10 February, Glasgow, St. Luke’s with POLIÇA
11 February, London, Village Underground with POLIÇA SOLD OUT
12 February, Brighton, Concorde 2 with POLIÇA
03 April, London, Rough Trade East
30 April, Newcastle, The Cluny
01 May, Manchester, Soup Kitchen
Flight of Ideas Tracklisting:
Frames and Cages
Feel The Panic (feat The Lovely Eggs)
The View From Nowhere (feat Emma Pollock)
I’m OK, You’re OK
Fools Tomorrow (feat Paul Smith)
Shake The Wheels Off (feat The Orielles)
Everyone Nervous (feat. Rozi Plain)
Flight of Ideas