Friday, February 17, 2012

Favourite Albums of 2011 #5: "13 Most Beautiful"

Dean & Britta
13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests [2010]

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips play music to accompany screenings of Andy Warhol screen tests – short silent films of his various associates in the Factory. Warhol apparently tended to show the screen tests in groups of thirteen billed as the Thirteen Most Beautiful Girls, or Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys, or Thirteen Most Beautiful People, and so on; hence the album title. The album is a mix of original tunes and covers, chosen to go with particular people's screen tests. Some of the tracks feature production input from Sonic Boom, so it can sound a bit Spacemen 3-esque. There are also nods towards Galaxie 500, Dean Wareham's much-loved former band. It is all a fascinating piece of musical product and I listen to it wishing I could experience Dean & Britta performing it live to accompany the films.

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