Orion

Sons And Daughters were a two boy/two girl band from Glasgow, dressed like Johnny Cash and sounding like a roots group gone punk. Taut guitars, crisp drums, Scottish swagger, growls and shrieks in the vocals. I liked their first two albums a lot. They split up a few years ago.

The Emperor Machine is Andrew Meecham, synth enthusiast and producer and formerly a member of Bizarre Inc. In 2012 he remixed Sons And Daughters’ Orion and turned it into a long, funky, expansive, in your face, cosmic trip. Eleven minutes and thirty seven seconds of trip.

Orion (Emperor Machine Remix)

Orion is one of the most prominent constellations in the sky, visible across the world, named after Orion the Hunter from Greek mythology. It makes me think of Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Bladerunner…

‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the Shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain. Time to die’

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La Lune

I’ve always quite liked Scottish country-punk folkers (not a great description admittedly, or that accurate either maybe) Sons And Daughters, while also feeling they’ve never quite fulfilled the promise of their early records, especially Love The Cup. I quite liked the album This Gift they did with Bernard Butler (which had two good singles- Gilt Complex and Darling) but it didn’t go down that well with the fans or the critics. They’ve disappeared a bit recently but this is a good one.

La Lune

The photo is Man Ray’s portrait of Sinclair Lewis, American writer and playwright. I love this picture, his expression, the coat pulled up and the lampstand behind him. We’ve all felt a bit like Sinclair looks in this picture.