Tim Burgess ‘The Economy’ – Louder Than War exclusive video and interview.
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The track originally appeared on the ‘Oh No I Love You’ album which was released in October 2012, the album later being released in a remixed format as ‘Oh No I Love You More’ – remixers included Django Django, Nik Colk Void, Kidd & Kidd Mix / Hatcham Social; ‘The Economy’ being remixed by R. Stevie Moore; Moore has been described by The New York Times as a “lo-fi legend” has self-released over 400 cassette and CD-R albums since 1968, as well as dozens of home videos.
The ageless Tim Burgess has got a gig at The Barbican with Lambchop on 23rd June and two gigs at The Isle of Wight Festival with the whole Tim Peaks thing and then DJing, reading and playing live at Glastonbury.
What was it like working with Kurt Wagner?
‘There’s another worldliness to Kurt’s lyrics. The Economy feels like a film about someone. It’s got a Wes Anderson kind of feel to it…you can work out something has gone on. It’s like an overheard conversation. Once the ‘frisco flute starts it really takes off. Kurt knew quite a lot about my life at the time. His offer was to be ‘my mirror’. It’s like watching a version of yourself.
The single has intriguing lyrics, What’s the economy about?
It’s about a relationship – you’re not sure if everything’s OK. There’s some kind of apology. The economy is also unstable, it goes through ups and downs. You can guess what it’s going to do but there’s so much that affects it. Relationships are affected by everything surrounding you. You aim to be one thing but for whatever reason, you might end up seeming different. There’s apologies to make sometimes but I’d always loved that about Kurt, there was a mood to songs but maybe not an obvious meaning. You can listen to a song for longer and it can make sense over a longer period of time.
A friend was saying how he made the connection with how the economy is what drives everything – in a person, that’d be their emotions. They lead you into situations you didn’t set out to end up in. He had an idea that riots and unrest mixed with the drudgery of their emotions. They lead you into situations you didn’t set out to end up in. He had an idea that riots and unrest mixed with the drudgery of everyday life would go well alongside something so musically personal. Like Koyaanisqatsi – harsh human existence with the music of Philip Glass
What will you bring back to the Charlatans after doing this solo album –
I’m recording with them on Monday so we’ll definitely see!