Release Date: Dec 7, 2018
Record label: Night School
Glaswegian quartet AMOR channel their various backgrounds and influences into a surprisingly cohesive, focused form of avant-disco. The group is led by the prolific Richard Youngs and includes Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson, double bassist Michael Francis Duch, and experimental artist Luke Fowler. AMOR made their debut with two singles in 2017, both containing sprawling jams with locked-in rhythms and an unwavering sense of pure optimism.
A prolific avant-garde musician, a Turner Prize nominated artist, a Norwegian jazz bassist and Franz Ferdinand's drummer walk into a bar... I'm joking - this isn't leading to a torturously elaborate punch line. In fact, it's the line-up of AMOR, a Glasgow based musical quartet that have released one of the most captivating and mesmerising projects of the year.
Amor's debut is the product of a disconcertingly diverse group of experienced artists: prolific collaborator Richard Youngs, visual artist (and Turner Prize nominee) Luke Fowler, Norwegian composer and double-bassist Michael Francis Duch, and Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson. When each song begins, you're never quite sure where they're taking it; each of the five tracks leads us through unfamiliar, pared-down disco landscapes. Opener 'Phantoms Of The Sun' begins in beefy 4/4, joined by shakuhachi bamboo flute.