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Formica Blues


  • 1. Life in Mono
    2. Silicone
    3. Slimcea Girl
    4. Outsider, The
    5. Disney Town
    6. Blind Man
    7. High Life
    8. Playboys
    9. Penguin Freud
    10. Hello Cleveland
    11. Life in Mono - (Alice Band Mix, bonus track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 536676

  • Credits
    ProducerJim Abbiss; Martin Virgo; Propellerheads
    Engineer

    The bonus track "Life In Mono - (Alice Band mix)" is available only on the U.S. release of FORMICA BLUES.
    Mono: Siobhan De Mare (vocals); Martin Virgo (guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, programming).
    Additional personnel: Martin McColl, James Thorp (guitar); Geoff Smith (dulcimer); Chris Margary (saxophone); Colin Graham (trumpet); Matt Coleman (trombone); Jim Abbiss (keyboards, tambourine, programming); Bernard O'Neil (acoustic bass); The Lauren Hughes Experience (triangle); Mikey Hartwell (percussion); Lee Hubbard (programming); Paulo De Oliveira (background vocals).
    Engineers: Jim Abbiss, Luke Gifford, Paul Motion, Martin Virgo.
    Recorded at The Strongroom, London, England.
    Personnel: Siobhan de Mar (vocals, background vocals); Paulo de Oliveira (vocals); Martin Virgo (guitar, piano, keyboards, programming); Martin McColl, James Lee Thorpe (guitar); Geoff Smith (dulcimer); Chris Margary (saxophone); Colin Graham (trumpet); Matt Coleman (trombone); Bernard O'Neil (double bass); Jim Abbiss (tambourine, programming); Lauren Hughes (triangle); Mikey Hartwell (percussion); Lee Hubbard (drum programming).
    Audio Remixer: Propellerheads.
    Recording information: Strongroom, London, England.
    Illustrator: Kat Gibb.
    The sounds that emanate from FORMICA BLUES seem like they were born in a lounge laboratory where an alcohol-soaked, smoky-voiced chanteuse is experimenting with multi-million dollar mixing boards in order to create French pop circa 1966. Siobhan De Mare is that chanteuse, but she leaves the part of the nerdy programmer to lab rat Martin Virgo, who's previously filled that role for Bjork and Massive Attack. What emerges is full-bodied sonic architecture built out of manic, John Barry-like strings, Staxian rhythm guitars, a wall of electronics and accompanying beats. It's all splashed with a Technicolor, Gamble-Huff-style production; in short, Portishead without the overwhelming sense of desperation. Which is not to say that De Mare is all that happy-go-lucky, just that FORMICA BLUES is not made of brooding alone.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/2/98, p.74) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...a glossy finish that reflects the duo's love for setting Sixties pop to electronic beats. The Portishead comparisons are inevitable, but Mono's palette features brighter colors than that of their Bristol, England, peers..."
    Entertainment Weekly (4/3/98, p.97) - "...this British duo beautifully exploits trip-hop's woozy, cinematic vibe....The real treat...is Siobhan DeMare's sumptuous, seductive vocals, which pull this debut from the brink of torpor and channel Petula Clark's pop-friendly purr." - Rating: A-
    Magnet (3-4/98, p.71) - "Mono makes its Euro-pop gently baroque and smoke-screen lite....focuses on rococo romantic elan with danger just a twitch away. Twinkling concertinas, phase-shifting synths and flat-toned, black-chord pianos make FORMICA shine..."
    Option (3-4/98, p.99) - "...utterly of the moment..."
    Melody Maker (10/11/97, p.50) - "...A fantastic, fantastic album....simultaneously a period piece and ultra-brite modern."
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