Colin Lloyd Tucker and Simon Fisher Turner have a long history of music activity. Both are well known and respected, yet eyebrows are raised when some of the regular admirers of Derek Jarman films are asked about these two individuals. Meaning, it’s somewhat strange, if not confusingly, how those familiar with “The Last Of England”, “Sloane Square (A Room Of One’s Own)” or “Caravaggio” haven’t got a clue about the principle soundtrack composer. Simon Turner was a teen star in both, film and music years before turning from a swan into a beautiful ducklin of experimental music. His downright bizarre excursions from pop to avantgarde and back again, through a variety of guises – among them, brief stint with The The, then Deux Filles who stripped down to become Jeremy’s Secret, then The King Of Luxembourg and finally SFT or plain Simon Fisher Turner back again. Along the way, Colin Lloyd Tucker crossed creative paths with Simon, also through The The (whose frontman Matt Johnson contributed to both Colin’s earlier amazing groups – Plain Characters and The Gadgets respectively), then Deux Filles, then Jeremy’s Secret and then Colin Lloyd Tucker again returning on occasion to deliver another amazing album of his. He also formed a duo called Bushtucker with Kate Bush’s brother Paddy, contributed to one of Kate’s amazing albums (“The Red Shoes” that one), and keeps as quiet from mainstream, in recent years forming a tiny Samphire Records label, responsible for most of his current output.
Both, Colin and Simon are opposites in terms of their sound and vocal tones’ palette. Yet, opposites attract and these two once again agreed to come back for a beautiful, dreamy greytone match. Simon is fully dedicated to field noise and sound installation at the moment. On regular terms, he displays various found sound archives on his Soundcloud. The one featured in this issue is an exclusive, comprised mix of “DEADMENCANTRUN” – originally performed as collaborative effort between himself, Mira Calix and Laura Moody. When asked about the nature of this recording, Simon kindly explained – “DEADMENCANTRUN” is an on going concern of mine. It started at home and this recording is also from my home. It is a beginning of a piece which eventually was performed by Mira Calix, Laura Moody and myself for a Mute Records happening at the Roundhouse. We performed the full version only once. There is a recording of this and also a studio version, but I’m afraid they’re unavailable, so this is just a third of what it really sounded like live. It is far better with Mira and Laura, but I feel strongly that given the chance to put this out somehow I had to let this extract go, without Mira and Laura. From another listener’s perspective, “DEADMENCANTRUN” is best experienced in the late night hour. While at first listen it offers too much vacancy in the headphones, with repeated listens it occupies the mind successively, captures the listener with juxtaposed sound images. You can hear voices, you can hear noises and then all of a sudden you can hear the very silence.
The soundtrack from within the head – glitchy and psychedelic, ice sharp cold and distant, this is a perfect definition of haze. At times scary, at times soothing. Geometrically strict and no drugs. Optimistic still.
In response to Simon’s fascination with the abstract, Colin provided a dance instrumental, equally hypnotic and bordering the same hazy trance-like state – “Globes (The March Of the Mole People)”. Ultimately cool and sounding like awakening from dizziness. Both pieces do reflect a sense of loneliness – not in any negative sense of the word but more from an innocent bystander’s point of view. Standing and silently watching, observing… the experience of being at conflict with the ambience – at the same time a tormenting and liberating feeling. And what about the Mole People? Who are they and what are they? Colin explains – When it comes to people living beneath our feet, I feel that I have barely scratched the surface. From deep within his underground lair, Colin pays musical homage to the Mole People.
Mole People live far below the earth’s crust, on a globe within a globe. They are never seen on our outer surface but can sometimes be heard. Some say that the 1956 film ‘The Mole People’ from which the dialogue is taken was not in fact a work of fiction, but a real life documentary.
“Globes (March Of The Mole People)” was recorded by Colin Lloyd Tucker on August 14 – 2012, exclusively for this publication.
Simon Fisher Turner
Published by Mute Song
All lifesounds recorded from
Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
Images: Colin Lloyd Tucker inside the wizard’s hat from his “Toybox” photo session, late 1970s; Simon and Colin from Jeremy’s Secret film session, around 1984
both images courtesy colinlloydtucker.com
Further information: simonfisherturner.com