In an inventive reinterpretation of 'The Boxset', Looper have curated the database of their entire body of work as five separate CDs, themed by type and entitled lexiphonics, kinokraft, voxtrot, transmitte and melos.
Inspired by mixtapes - and their modern day equivalent, the playlist - These Things puts the songs in new contexts, allowing new relationships between works previously kept apart. Looper explain, "For us this box is a repurposed, recycled and renewed work - an attempt to make something new out of something old".
The concept of sampling - present both in the construction of the early music and the creation of the playlists - assumes visual form in the cut-and-paste collage artwork by Karn David. Photographs from the Looper archives illustrate her unique liner notes: quotes and 'samples' from music reviews and articles from the time of the original releases, collaged together to tell the story of Looper.
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, who helped the band out of a jam in 1999, provides further sleeve notes. When the batteries in a sampler ran out during a show in LA a member of the audience came to their rescue, running out to fetch a pack of AAs. Looper later heard Tim had been their unlikely hero, but it seemed so preposterous they dismissed the idea. Tim professes his love of Looper here: "I wasn't even exactly sure where the music came from: the past, the present, the future, another life or a parallel universe but it totally chimed with what I loved - a starkness attached to the glitches and bleeps but a real go get 'em soul to go alongside that."
Looper emerged from Belle & Sebastian in 1997, when Stuart David (co-founder and bass player of B&S) and his wife Karn (an artist who directed the early B&S videos) collaborated for a show at Glasgow School of Art. A degree show fundraiser for Stuart's sister Karla Black - who received a Turner Prize nomination in 2011- the performance was a multi-m....... więcej