Quick history lesson: the release of Attention Stockholm, in the midst of the 1980s political maelstrom marked the beginning of a new direction for indie music. Taking its cue from the mode of film and moving images the record was not so much sung as ‘spoken'. The speaker being Swedish translation student Virna Lindt. While on a train bound for London, she met songwriter Tot Taylor and told him of her plan to make a record like "a Hitchcock theme with a rock ’n' roll beat”. Thus, the urgent-sounding 45, recorded in Stockholm in one ‘live’ three-hour-session with a small ad-hoc orchestra became, by default, the first record on Taylor's influential The Compact Organization art-house label, along with two other debuts - Dance Card by soul singer Mari Wilson - and Shake / Shake by the early funk / hip-hop collective Shake / Shake.
As a prelude to a new album due Spring 2020, Virna releases her first single on David Camp’s new The Campus label. Avant Garde (Pts 1 and 2), is a 10 minute track, recorded over three months at The Apartment Studios, Stockholm and mixed at RAK, London, and is an audio-genic comment on extreme artistic endeavour / out-there behaviour. Spread across two sides of a 10” single the song is written by Virna and co-produced with collaborator Tot Taylor. The Campus is an Artists’ Colony specialising in Endeavour and Experience in all of the arts - truly a ‘Residency from our World’.
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