Radum Calls, Radum Calls is Sean O'Hagan's second solo album. His first came out in 1990, titled High Llamas - how's that for paths taken and not taken! It's clear we simply can't know what the future brings. So, nearly 30 years down that once-was road, 10-12 albums of the extreme pleasures that High Llamas song craft and sonic obsessions have provided (counting a comp and a remix record, yeah?), here's Sean again, with his second solo album.
In the past decade, there have been two High Llamas albums. During that time, Sean's day job has largely been in the studio, arranging and producing with other outfits. Radum Calls, Radum Calls exists with the bold, recent obsessions inspired by a new generation of songwriters he's been producing in studio but, side by side with the grand old traditions. As the parts old and new rotate inevitably back and forth in cyclical perfection, we are reminded of the beauty and craftsmanship of the old cuckoo clocks; an ingenuity of cogs and gears to express perfect time as entertainingly as possible. Sean's approach to lyrics reaches for the deft, tongue-in-cheek understatement of a LeCarre or a Philip K. Dick - and as fantasia melts into social portraiture into out-there sci-fi.
Radum Calls, Radum Calls also reunites his former Microdisney vocal partner Cathal Coughlan, a full thirty years later from when they first began to collaborate! The first single, "On A Lonely Day (Ding, Dong)" brings a compelling energy - that of joy - to the mix, and to our ears. And all this energy - derived from history, ambition, humor - is presented simply but effectively, sinking deep into our ears.
Watch the music video for "On A Lonely Day (Ding, Dong)" above and pre-order your copy for October 25th, well,...now!