Avant-pop mavericks Jack Adaptor return in 2018 with The Spoiler Versions, a 10 song examination of modern experience that gives the existential game away. Two independent and wilful musicians who, without anyone forcing them to, make music, collaborate with fine artists and animators and write songs about tough subjects with an acerbic wit.
The music is composed, played, recorded and produced by Christopher Cordoba, who creates diverse musical landscapes which follow no rules and perfectly complement Paul Frederick’s optimistic pessimism.
“Proven Warrior” is a punk electro-funk workout with the spirit of Don Van Vliet and sounds reminiscent of early PIL, Hot Chip and Cameo. The song deals with the dilemma of modern prescription drugs and a Julio Cortazar-inspired fear of the mirror. Finnish artist and animator Jenny Jokela has provided the promotional film (as well as The Spoiler Versions’ LP cover painting). Here's the video:
“Say When” features guest vocals by Claudia Brucken (of Propaganda fame). As if Trevor Horn had bumped into Ennio Morricone in the studio and got Claudia to sing the title track to this year’s must-see arthouse movie. Claudia delivers the song’s message of never settling for second-best, even when the odds are stacked against you. Here's a short clip:
“Queen of the Universe” is a delicate R’n’ B ballad with live instrumentation and features Evan Jenkin (of the Neil Cowley Trio) on the drum stool. The song is inspired by Blakes 7, a dream of death and the need to overcome stage-fright as a performer. The film for this song is directed by UK artist John Walter and will be previewed worldwide in February.
If this record was a movie, the important plot points given away would be:
He ties himself to a tree
He takes the medication
He retreats into nostalgia
He puts on his mascara
They drop the bomb
He celebrates beach life (wearing an anorak)
He doesn’t get the girl he wants
He gets the girl he doesn’t want
He recognises Death
She says when…
But it isn’t a movie (as yet). It’s a record, and it will be available on limited edition CD and digital download on 23rd February 2018.
Supple Pipe Records SP3011
limited edition CD and digital download