Arcades: irresistible existential bubblegum

Music critic William Dart likes the Arcades – thanks William!

“Arcades is the name by which composers Dugal McKinnon and David Prior identify their partnership. Rattle’s press release spins words about the pair’s subverted pop sensibility sitting perfectly with the label’s penchant for music that follows its own compass. ‘Who’s Most Lost’ is a set of 13 rather tricky pop songs that delight in toying and sometimes mashing our expectations. They’re elliptical pieces, and if we were thinking a paper score, there’d be a lot of white in between the black. Both McKinnon and Prior are known for their weighter works. Prior can boast prizes at theillustrious Bourges Festival – but in ‘You Were Born Into This’ they have furnished me with a gorgeous summertime hit that I suspect will be on high rotate over the next few months. Alt.pop perhaps or maybe existential bubblegum, its wafting scales, modish sonic gristle and cute boyish vocals are irresistible.”

William Dart, The Critic’s Chair, Radio New Zealand Concert, Dec 2011

The Arcades – Who’s Most Lost?

The Arcades (after Walter Benjamin’s work), a long slow collaboration between myself and David Prior, will release its first album – Who’s Most Lost? – later this year on Rattle Records. This is very very nice news, not least of all because we’ve worked on it for so long. The cover art may well feature this image, the haze and ambiguity of which gives some loose sense of the concerns of the album.