That record saw him shooting a self-directed video live in Trafalgar Square, performing on the hour every hour for 4 days in his pop-up Fogg Shop, and springing a full marching band on audiences at Reading and Leeds festivals. So, when he sat down in January 2011 to write the music that would make up his second album, Fogg didn't take the easy route. Instead, he set himself the target of writing and recording 20 new songs in 5 months. "I made a decision to try and disregard what had come before - to start again from scratch as far as possible. I felt that if something new and different was going to come out of the same brain then there had to be a change in approach." This new approach saw field recordings of improvised rhythms, melodies and lyrics reconstructed and brought to life in Fogg's Oxford studio, before the finishing touches were added during 3 trips to Valgeir Sigurdsson's (Bjork, Feist, mum, Maps, Bonnie Prince Billy) Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik. The result is an album that sees piano, strings, brass and organ breathe life into precise, intricate and sometimes brutal electronics. And - crucially - the artist's distinctive, emotive voice ensures that this is electronic music with a human, beating heart. First single "Stay Out Of The Sun" has already kicked things off in style, attracting the attention of Radio 1's Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens and influential blogs like Clash Magazine, Earmilk, This Is Fake DIY, Pretty Much Amazing and Prefix Mag.
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