Title: Sudden Bursts/Normal Breaths
Keywords: experimental pop
"Sudden Bursts/Normal Breaths" is a double album of songs and instrumentals, the majority of which grew out of studio improvisations. The tracks on this collection are a selection of recordings from 2008-2011. In comparison with Now’s previous albums, ‘Sudden Bursts/Normal Breaths’ features both more upbeat – at times joyfully silly – and dark, melancholy tunes, which reflect the varied character of their on-stage improvisations. It was made just as a trio with few guest players, and it is the first album that includes deliberate takes on other genres from dance music to minimalism.
Since their foundation in 1998, NOW have released seven albums, contributed exclusive tracks to many compilations and collaborated with underground musicians such as Damo Suzuki (leading to the release of the joint album ‘The London Evening News’), Charles Hayward and The Go! Teams' Kaori Tsuchida. Having played inside and outside the UK, including a Japan tour in 2009, they have also attracted support slots with bands such as Faust, Circle, Tunng, Psapp, Rothko, Plaid and A Hawk And A Hacksaw, and, in February 2009, The Stooges' Mike Watt dedicated an entire radio show to their music. Live, NOW move between melodic songs and energetic improvisation. NOW could be described as catchy, contemporary, inventive, exotic, melodious, harmonious and disharmonious 21st century pop music.