On Flight of Ideas, motorik space-rock duo Warm Digits burst into technicolour with a pounding post-punk pulse. Effortlessly capturing the kaleidoscopic abandon of their lauded live shows, whilst simultaneously exploring more tuneful territory, the LP features vocal contributions from Maximo Park’s Paul Smith, The Lovely Eggs, The Orielles, Rozi Plain and The Delgados’ Emma Pollock.
Delving into the history of human interaction and its failings, Warm Digits explore how ideas and theories can live on as received wisdom long beyond their sell-by date. Digging up dusty pockets of history and long-neglected psychological research, they were surprised to find much that seemed suddenly relevant again. Discovering metaphors for modernity in controversial 70s experiments exploring gender, sanity and warped perspectives, the album also takes its title from the band’s finds. Defined as “a rapid shifting of ideas with only superficial associative connections between them” Flight of Ideas’ relevance to our current information landscape hardly needs pointing out.
In an increasingly off-kilter world where reality shifts daily, truth is merely what we decide it to be. Combined with an avalanche of overwhelming possibility, it often can feel like our lives are careering towards chaos down a one-way street. Warm Digits pose the question: Do we ‘Feel The Panic’ or ‘Shake The Wheels Off’? With its glorious defiance and imploding grooves, Flight Of Ideas calls to our past experience for answers and dares us to listen.
Based between Newcastle and Manchester, Warm Digits consists of multi-instrumentalists Andrew Hodson and Steve Jefferis. The Memphis Industries signings’ previous album, Wireless World,(which featured guest vocals from Field Music and Sarah Cracknell amongst others), garnered plaudits from BBC 6Music including an Album of the Day slot, and boosted them on to the festival bills of Bluedot, Green Man and Festival No.6.