Put these two words together and if you're lucky you might get a David Byrne, a David Bowie, a Daniel Johnston, an Alvin Spetz. I'm sorry, who was that last one ? Alvin Spetz.. isn't that an IKEA net curtain? Well.. yes and er, no.
Alvin Spetz is also the maverick singer-songwiter responsible for two of the most eccentric and original albums of the last 6 or 7 years. Released under the moniker of Full English Breakfast, his self-titled debut and follow up 'Candy In Weightlessness' earned rave reviews from broadsheets to blogs. Now album No.3 'The Mixtape of Things' is ready and Spetz likewise is moving on up through the daily nutritional cycle and this time will be known as 'That Will Be Lunch'. Well you didn't expect Ziggy Stardust to last past tea-time did you?
Spetz discovered music while studying at Aberdeen university in the 80s. Inspired by the fledgling indie sounds of Edwyn Collins, The Fall, Josef K and The Pop Group, he embarked on a journey that's included nascent recordings with members of The Shamen, dabbling with Sufism and the tabloids hounding him as a result, burning everything he's ever recorded (several times) and playing one gig. Ever. In Belgium.
In an internet-connected world of lowest common denominators Spetz is revealed as a true original and, like all great pop music and the IKEA net curtain he's named after, designed for mass consumption.
FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST 2009
The fine and unfathomably funky Full English Breakfast.. If Beefheart had a surreal senior moment and reformed his Magic Band to perform S Club 7 covers, it might sound something like this
A highly eccentric but thoroughly engaging electronic/art-pop debut that aligns him with The Fall, Denim and Frank Zappa
Pulls together the sound of The Fall, Edwyn Collins, Devo and Wire.. seriously good
**** Sunday Times
Bric-a-brac digi-pop tack.. one-man art-pop prankster
FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
CANDY IN WEIGHTLESSNESS 2012
This talented one-man band’s second LP sees Spetz moving away from The Fall and Orange Juice references of his 2009 debut to create a lush, largely instrumental, cut-up music that tweaks memories of everyone from Yello and Stereolab to Denim.. Spetz’s restless imagination wins the day.
Glorius electronic cosmic stew.. it is sweetness and it is light and it is 42 minutes and 37 seconds worth of moon age confectionery for our modern times
Breakbeats, samba, stolen dubstep basslines and crunching rock riffs are all put together as if it’s a normal thing to do. With the colour of music currently a dull beige (Mumford/Adele/ Sande et al), artists who put 2 and 2 together and come up with anything but 4 are needed now more than ever, add spetz to the list of beautiful outsiders.
The nine and a half minute ‘Music For Giftshops’ is a real standout: building from an atmospheric introduction through fear chords and a bleak, skittering bass and evovling into a spaced-out post-rock meander and winding up on a club-friendly vibe after a gentle chillout passage around three quarters of the way through. It’s a superb track