ANDY BELL: to release ‘Variance’ The ‘Torsten the Bareback Saint’ Remixes/ 4 September 2015

Andy Bell - Torsten The Bareback Saint

Andy Bell’s critically acclaimed electro-acoustic cabaret show and album ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’ was a brave and unexpected career move in 2014 from his comfort zone of being lead singer with Erasure, one of the world’s most successful synth-pop bands. Classic Pop magazine, Scotsgay and the Edinburgh Reporter awarded it 5 stars. Metro, Edinburgh Evening News, Fest Magazine, The List and Broadway Baby 4 stars.

After performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and before starting to write the second Torsten episode ‘Torsten The Beautiful Libertine’, songwriters Barney Ashton-Bullock and Christopher Frost, producer Michael J. Allison (Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury) and Andy Bell himself collaborated in re-fashioning some of the album tracks purely for fun. These remixes include re-sung vocals, alternate and new lyrics and new instrumentation.

There are three remixes specifically made for the radio of the singles taken from the album.

There are two danceable remixes of ‘Weston-Super-Mare’ that connect the theatrical Torsten songs back to Andy’s more familiar Erasure electro-pop heritage thanks to synth-pop stalwarts Dancing With Ruby and mOOger!

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There’s also a complete electro-pop re-work of fan favourite track ‘Bingo Hall Baby’ which has more than a touch of the Alan Bennett about it.

The experimentation was perhaps at its most forceful on the Industrial Soundscape Mix of ‘Weston-Super-Mare’ which perhaps recalls early noise collages by the likes of Cabaret Voltaire and Einsturzende Neubaten.

This surprisingly innovative 9-track collection is available as a CD packaged in a miniature replica LP gatefold sleeve, featuring a unique black vinyl CD.

Tracklist:
1 – Weston-Super-Mare (Radio Super Mix)
2 – Weston-Super-Mare (Extended Version)
3 – Weston-Super-Mare (Dancing With Ruby Remix)
4 – Weston-Super-Mare (mOOger! Remix)
5 – Weston-Super-Mare (Industrial Soundscape Mix)
6 – Bingo Hall Baby (Electropop Remake)
7 – I Don’t Like (Radio Remix)
8 – Fountain Of Youth (Radio Remix)
9 – Torsten The Bareback Saint (Promotional Medley)

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