John Foxx And The Maths - Evidence

More plus points from the master

Evidence

His third full-length collaboration with The Maths (aka Benge), Evidence is, in many ways, the summation of a steady flow of wonderful releases and arresting live performances from John Foxx. Indeed, having honed My Town live on stage in recent shows, a recorded version emerges as one of the standout tracks here, capturing all the verve and spark of Shatterproof, from Foxx and Benge’s 2011 collaboration Interplay.

This time around, Foxx has made room for artists who’ve both admired and supported him. A remix-cum-cover of Gazelle Twins’ Changelings strips away everything but Elizabeth Walling’s original vocal, allowing Foxx and Benge to shape the music into an electronic meditation; A Falling Star sees Gazelle Twin return the favour on Foxx’s original.

Elsewhere, rising San Francisco post-punks The Soft Moon add some grit to the album’s title track, while Talk (Beneath Your Dreams) echoes Bowie’s use of spoken word on Outside. A pulsing electro cover of Floyd’s Have A Cigar might be an unexpected (though warming) surprise, but the closing quartet of Shadow Memory, Walk, Myriads and Only Lovers Left Alive sees Foxx and Benge simmering in exquisite fashion.

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Metamatic | META 31 CD

Reviewed by Ian Shirley
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