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Songs of Consumption Out Now via Tough Love

Nov 18, 2019
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British psych-rock band TOY released a new covers album, Songs of Consumption, last Friday via Tough Love. Now that the album is out you can stream the whole thing below. Despite us being long time supporters of the band, we haven't really covered this release at all and thought it was worthy of a news post to point out that the album is out. Songs of Consumption features covers of songs by Nico, Soft Cell, The Stooges, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Serge Gainsbourg, John Barry, and more.

Songs of Consumption follows a new album of originals, Happy in the Hollow, that came out back in January via Tough Love.

When the album was announced the band issued this statement about it: "Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy in the Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilizing more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction.

"Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that's what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it's as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It's a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist."

Read our interview with TOY on Happy in the Hollow.

Songs of Consumption Tracklist:

1. Down on the Street (The Stooges)
2. Follow Me (Amanda Lear)
3. Sixty Forty (Nico)
4. Cousin Jane (The Troggs)
5. Fun City (Soft Cell)
6. Lemon Incest (Charlotte Gainsbourg & Serge Gainsbourg)
7. Always on My Mind (B.J. Thomas)
8. A Dolls House (John Barry)

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