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Tapestry Traverse: Tom Furse Of The Horrors' Favourite Exotica Albums
Jack Mckeever , August 20th, 2015 14:29

Before The Horrors' keyboards man launches his new compilation of exotica and library music from the Southern Library of Recorded Music tonight, he takes us on a tour of some of the guiding lights behind Digs


Clyde Borly & His Percussions - Music In 5 Dimensions
I can't remember when I first heard this one. I bought it because I found out Madlib sampled it, and I was like "that sounds amazing!", so I did that nerdy thing of going to and finding out. And I was like, "This is so up my street". It's got 'Taboo' on it, which will come up later I believe, and 'Fever'. It really feels like an exotica record but it's way more far out. It's a French record and in classic French style of the time it's a bit over the top. They were really experimental in that period in France, especially with things like getting orchestras to do funny things. There was a certain period, you know, with stuff like Jean-Claude Vannier that was particularly influential in France at that time. When you look into stuff like the late 60s psych, some of the most far-out stuff is there as well. It feels like exotica, but like a lot of the library stuff it's just weirder. Martin Denny was a pop artist essentially, and he sold a lot of records, and obviously he was an artist but I don't know how much of it was an artistic statement as opposed to being like, "I just want to make something that feels like you're in the tropics", whereas with Clyde Borly, it's something that's just way more far out and experimental.