Alexander Tucker releases Custom Made single

Monday 21st April, 2008

ATP Recordings is pleased to announce the second instalment in our Custom Made series from English free-psyche wunderkind, Alexander Tucker. Custom Made invites artists to submit 4 songs which will be released on limited edition double 7" and will also be available as a digital download from April 21st 2008.

* Side A. Something old - Phantom Rings (New recording of this old song from the album Old Fog)
* Side B. Something new - Veins to the Sky (Single Version, original taken from forthcoming album Portal, see below)
* Side C. Something borrowed - Rodeo in the Sky (originally by Fursaxa)
* Side D. Something blue - Florence Blue (Exclusive to this release.)

"I chose Phantom Rings because I didn't have a recorded version of the way I play it live," states Alexander. "Live, the track features a heavier riff and a harmonised vocal cycle as opposed to the original, which is mostly acoustic and has two other parts to the song."

"Veins to the Sky is one of my favorites from the new album 'Portal'. It's an attempt at writing a more linear song whilst still using some psych electronics. On the new material I use an electric mandolin to create bowed symphonic layers which gives the music a more classical edge."

"Rodeo in the Sky is one of my favourite Fursaxa songs. It appears on her self-titled Ecstatic Peace LP. It really struck me with its dreamy imagery of night skies and nocturnal yearnings. The original is just guitar and voice and I always imagined what it would sound like if Tara had a whole band playing."

"Florence Blue was written and recorded on 8 track in a house on Florence Street (and yes I had the blues when I put it down). I'd also been listening to this amazing Neil Campbell and Richard Youngs LP 'How the Garden Is' - where they build up these swirling vortexes of acoustic instrumentation. The basis for my track includes small nano loops of bowed mandolin phasing across each other, accompanied by a sort of doom-y classical guitar pulse and a melancholic vocal drift"

Limited to just 1000 pieces, 100 of them will be special edition silk-screened printed covers, numbered and signed by the sleeve designer, Alexander Tucker.

The first review of Custom Made:

Norman Records Single Of The Week

Alexander Tucker has done it again with an astonishingly good 4 track EP called Custom Made . This is part of ATP's custom made series of expensive double pack 7"'s. Expensive but nice.... Like the extra special range in your supermarket, this is as extra special, if not more so. His last album was good but after the genius of 'Old Fog' the young man Tucker had a lot to prove. This is a proper return to form though with 4 absolutely stunning tracks. The 1st time I heard this I was absolutely blown away as the songs are amazing. The 1st track (Phantom Rings) is usual Tucker territory with his medieval thing pervading through the music but the vocals have a very slight Beta Band ish thing going on. But 2nd track 'Vein's To The Sky' steals the show.... the high pitched vocals.... the layers of wonky sounded guitars, and that melody does it for me every time I hear it. Seriously this is the best thing I've heard by the guy... there's 2 more tracks on here that are great but I have to press repeat one more time to hear that tune... Damned it's good. If you like your folk all medieval and wonky this is for you!! 'Rodeo In The Sky' sounds almost like a slowed down 'Love Will tear Us Apart'. And there's still one more track I'm not gonna mention so you've got a bit of a surprise like. Check it out folks.... I'm a sucker for tucker.... I think I ruined the review with that line.... - Phil x