Band + Super Producer = Fantasy Album

March 12th, 2008

What if, in some parallel universe, your favorite non-mega label band could work with an insanely expensive, private jet flying, super producer? What kind of album would they create? I was thinking about this last week after ruminating on unlikely recent pairings of such disparate folks as Bjork and Timbaland and came up with some unlikely pairings of my own.

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Viva Voce + Jeff Lynn

Lynn is best known for his ‘70s band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Viva Voce is known for, well, not much really unless you’re the kind of person who squanders their workday reading Pitchfork.com. That is not meant as a slight, since they’re a fantastic band, it’s just their catchy albums have never reached a large audience audience like their friends The Shins. Lynn’s work with ELO featured copious amounts of lush strings and layered vocal tracks – and lots of vocoders, don’t forget vocoders. Viva Voce has always toyed with a big ELO style of sound, but they have always done so with modest means. What if VV and Lynn spent three weeks holed-up in a Swiss chalet writing a double albums worth of songs a la Out of the Blue? That would be so amazing. Just the thought of it makes me pee my pants a little.

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Trevor Horn + The New Pornographers

OK, bear with me on this one. I know there is not much similarity between this Canadian super group and Horn, an aging studio wizard, but have you listened to Belle & Sebastian’s The Life Pursuit? Trevor Horn did a crackling job with that album. And I realize there are probably a bunch of people out there who discount anything Bell & Sebastian does post If You’re Feeling Sinister, but jeez. I mean, come on, complain about B&S ‘selling out’ one more time and I’m jamming that copy of Tigermilk right up your…

But I digress. The New Pornographers have already made some great albums, but I think working with someone like Horn might add just a little more cohesion to their generally inspired musical collaborations. The Pornographers have already experimented with strings and such on their last album, so someone like Horn could refine that sound further. Just make sure Dan Bejar gets his own track or two like he always does. That guy is a pimp.

Other combinations:

Menomena + Hugh Padham
Jay-Z + M.I.A. + Ratatat

What is your dream combination?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian  |  March 25th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    My favorite producer has always been Mitchell Froom, who worked with American Music Club, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Ron Sexsmith, etc. But I’m not sure what artist he’d be a dream for. Who would benefit from some orchestral, Beatle-esque textures?

    I love Menomena and Hugh Padgham, but what was it about them you thought would make a good pair?

  • 2. Brian  |  March 25th, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I also vote for Bjork produced by George Martin.

  • 3. admin  |  March 26th, 2008 at 1:39 am

    B-Love,

    In the past, Padgham has displayed a willingness to experiment in the studio w/ people like Peter Gabriel and the Police, so that would benefit Menomena’s sonic curiosity. Also, I love that “sheen” Padgham puts on everything he records…or maybe that’s engineer Steve Lillywhite’s doing?

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