I Trawl the Megahertz

I Trawl the Megahertz

by Paddy McAloon
     
 
I Trawl the Megahertz, Paddy McAloon's first solo album, is as likely to perplex and infuriate as it is likely to stun and spellbind. Grand, heavily orchestrated, predominantly instrumental, and not the type of thing you put on prior to going out or when you're in the mood for cleaning the house, the record is incredibly powerful -- almost too powerful -- even

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I Trawl the Megahertz, Paddy McAloon's first solo album, is as likely to perplex and infuriate as it is likely to stun and spellbind. Grand, heavily orchestrated, predominantly instrumental, and not the type of thing you put on prior to going out or when you're in the mood for cleaning the house, the record is incredibly powerful -- almost too powerful -- even when held up against everything from Prefab Sprout's past. The most significant song is the opener; 22 minutes in length, it's nearly elegiac in it its mournful tones played out by a swaying string arrangement and a weeping trumpet. Throughout its duration, Yvonne Connors speaks matter-of-factly -- yet dramatically enough to be poignant -- as she rifles through fragments of her memory, the most disarming of which reads like this: "I said, 'Your daddy loves you very much; he just doesn't want to live with us anymore.'" Of the eight remaining songs, McAloon's voice is present on just one, which doesn't come along until near the end. This song, the particularly autumnal "Sleeping Rough," is almost as emblematic of the album as the opener, expressing a somewhat sorrowful but content coming to grips with the passage of time ("I'll grow a long and silver beard and let it reach my knees"). The album was conceived during and in the wake of McAloon's bout with an illness that temporarily took away his eyesight, but it's plain to hear that his vision remains.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724358391022
catalogNumber:
583910

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paddy McAloon   Primary Artist
Julian Arguelles   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Lawson   Violin
Gerard Presencer   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Robert Irvine   Cello
Corky Anderson   Percussion
Brian Schiele   Viola
Rick Standley   Double Bass
Johann Sebastian Barcode   Keyboards
Robert McFall Orchestra   Strings
Robert McFall   Violin

Technical Credits

David McGuinness   String Arrangements
Paddy McAloon   Producer
Johann Sebastian Barcode   Programming
Calum Malcome   Producer,Engineer

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