High Llamas

Spunk Discography

High Llamas
Beet, Maize & Corn

High Llamas
Buzzle Bee

Artist Links

http://www.highllamas.com
http://www.myspace.com/thehighllamassongs

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Biography

Welcome to the world of The High Llamas, 2003. Beet, Maize and Corn finds them three years on from their previous album (Buzzle Bee), and a world away from not just that former album, but almost every other record they’ve produced.

Don’t worry – the signature melodies, harmonic structures and sweetly flowing beauty of Highest Llama Sean O’Hagan’s style are very much in evidence on Beet, Maize and Corn however, in a radical rethinking of songwriting and arrangement, they are presented in a starkly changed manner. Eschewing electronics in favour of an organic sound, dropping drums down in the mix and emphasizing the acoustics of stringed instruments, Beet, Maize and Corn is an original new statement from a songwriter who has been pitching his tunes into the ring for over a decade. If that sounds like a daunting task, it is easily done here – simply a matter of changing focus, drawing water from different wells, reaching a bit deeper.

And thus, in these early years of the 21st century, The High Llamas find themselves wandering through the early years of the 20th century. They embrace American pop writers (like Gershwin and Cole Porter), French and British impressionists (Ravel, Debussy and Delius, anyone?) and even a bit of Kurt Weill. With such improbable musical bunkmates, it should surprise no-one that characters from small town 1950s America have stepped into the mix as well The Platters, Bobby Darin, The Flamingos, Frankie Avalon and others from the dusty road of hits.

This is a travelogue of the thought process. When you sit down and listen to Beet, Maize and Corn, you’re not going to hear these influences and inspirations in an overt fashion. What you will hear is a fresh breeze from The High Llamas.

Anyway, there you have it. A different bag from the last lot – but a bag nonetheless. So jump in! And let’s not get too serious about it all. If you still love a tune and a chord change, something that makes you smile, then you’ve got reason to rejoice. The High Llamas are back. And they’ve brought Beet, Maize and Corn.