OWD011 Stolen Things (The Creeping Things Remix) [single] – Paul Rooney

OWD011 (October 2019).

Digipak CD/digital.

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A Victorian child shoplifter on trial sings her daydreams amidst a musical collision of shimmering pop synths and rowdy courtroom shouting. Her spirit is summoned out of stolen fragments (a court report, a Jean Genet novel, memories of childhood, a Victorian hymn), and she seems all too aware of her transformation from a voiceless youth into a new entity: a sparkling self-mythologizing bad-girl teen-pop diva construct, shaped out of these ‘lying words’. Lola de Witte-Still remixes what was originally a Paul Rooney sound installation (this is his first single since Lucy Over Lancashire) to create a shiny kick-driven experimental-pop single cum mini-opera, with nods to AG Cook, Men’s Choir Shouters of Finland and Oneohtrix Point Never.

“It’s far too out there for any measurable commercial success, but, make no mistake, this is a fucking masterpiece.” Gavin Hellyer (Bandcamp website). Sept. 2019.