ARTIST / BAND: MERZ
SONG (MP3): DANGEROUS HEADY LOVE SCHEME
FILE UNDER: singer / songwriter /
INFO: Following the self-released 7 inch single championed by the likes of Jarvis Cocker and called “Many Weathers Apart”, a fierce battle for his signature by several major record labels, Conrad Lambert aka Merz signed to Sony/Epic and looked set to conquer the world. His debut album received widespread critical acclaim and led to appearances on Top Of The Pops, Jools Holland, and was subject to a Channel 4 music documentary. Huge support and Single of the Week also came from Radio 1’s Jo Whiley and an appearance at Glastonbury, featuring on the same bill as a group called Coldplay, who later became firm friends. His music was embraced by the then unreconstructed genre that was English folk, electronica and the fringes of dance (Pete Tong was a fan of some particularly tasty Francois K mixes) and would even be heard on soaps like Eastenders and Coronation Street. Loveheart was co-produced with Bruno Ellingham (respected engineer on recent albums by New Order, KT Tunstall and The Departure and emerging British producer of note). "He was like an Oxford professor," Conrad says, "I would come to him with my demos and recordings and he would give me detailed notes to go away and work on." Recorded in 12 different locations around Bath, Bristol and The Pennines, and finally finished on St Valentine’s Day 2005, West Country mates including Goldfrapp bass player Charlie Jones and Portishead / Beth Gibbons / Robert Plant accomplice John Baggot also lent a hand on harpsichord, while Norway’s Even Johansen (aka Magnet) contributed lap steel guitar.
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