'Pleasure Island' is British composer Tim Parkinson's disquieting and joyous Slip debut: play time in end times.
Titled after the Disney adaptation of 'Paese dei balocchi' (or the Land of Toys) in Carlo Collodi's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' (1883), 'Pleasure Island' is a metaphysical playground of organic and digital cohabitation, its inhabitants pacified by toys and comforts.
Alongside Dawn Bothwell, Suze Whaites, Laurie Tompkins, and Francesca Fargion, Parkinson exerts an uncannily emotional pull from an unlikely but potent alliance of ultra-minimal aesthetics, dead-beat drums, junk electronics, and mechanised mantras.
Voices are hemmed in by electronic sound. People buffeted around by machines. Words surrounded by garlands of digital interference. Time repackaged as countdown.
Tim's trash-opera 'Time With People' continues to be performed around the world, past champions of which include Object Collection, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Edges, and NEC, and he is a co-curator of London's longstanding 'Music We’d Like To Hear' series. Despite decades of fiercely independent production, this is his only piece conceived of first and foremost as an album.
'Pleasure Island' [SLP053] is available from May 2019 on LP and download. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Rick Pushinsky. Distributed by Boomkat.
released May 23, 2019
Music and Words by Tim Parkinson
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Artwork by Rick Pushinsky
Tim Parkinson keyboards, stylophones, drums, percussion, midi, electronics, sounds, vocals
Francesca Fargion vocals on Happy Birthday
Dawn Bothwell vocals
Laurie Tompkins vocals
Suze Whaites vocals