The Big Pink
Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell formed The Big Pink in 2007. Although both of music stock, their debut, A Brief History of Love, was the first collection of songs that either were really able call their own. Both from London, the genetics of The Big Pink are not incidental. Milo, the son of 1960s producer Denny Cordell, is behind the celebrated Merok label, instrumental in unleashing the mutant soul of Crystal Castles, Salem, and Teengirl Fantasy upon the world, while Furze first made a name for himself playing with industrial behemoths Panic DHH and Alec Empire. Such disparate roots speak loudly of the ambitions of The Big Pink, as they pull unexpected and marginal forms into the spotlight of a wider audience.
Having released a low-key single on unknown independent House Anxiety in 2008, the band’s rising star drew the attention of 4AD, penning a worldwide deal with the label in early 2009. Ignoring the pressure that befits such music industry hype, the band eloped to the Electric Lady Studios in New York to record and self-produce what was to become their epic debut album, A Brief History of Love. The final results were eleven stunning tracks set within a sound world that combines melody and beautiful abstract noise in a manner redolent of their eclectic musical backgrounds.
Having toured the world throughout 2009 and the early part of the new decade, the band took a break to reconvene, with their only new release in 2010 a mix tape as part of the renowned K7! mix series. Typically showcasing their love for all current forward thinking music, it’s this mix, alongside Milo’s work with Merok, that best provides clues of what their sophomore record, due in 2011, will sound like. Their next steps remain a mystery to all but them, but with their immaculate tastes, past form and immersion in the underground, it’s likely their future transmissions to the world will provide yet more evidence of their intriguing ability to fluidly negotiate between the experimental and the accessible.