I’ve been listening to the new Neon Neon album Praxis Makes Perfect for the first time tonight, and I’m pleased to say it’s another absolute treat.
2008’s Stainless Style album acted as a musical biography of car manufacturer, John DeLorean, and now Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) have decided to turn their attention to the life of Italian publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.
The results are no less thrilling and certainly make you want to find out more about Feltrinelli‘s fascinating life (Wikipedia is not enough).
The 80’s synth magic is still present (one review I read described the sound as Kraftwerk meets Hall & Oates – which I thought was rather lovely, if gently misleading) and if anything, the album sounds even more cohesive than Stainless Style. I want to say it’s got a beautiful air of sonic cinema about it, but that might be bordering on the pretentious.
Anyway, from this Thursday (2nd) to this Sunday (5th) Neon Neon are performing the album in its entirety at National Theatre Wales in Cardiff. The show is billed as, “an immersive gig imagining the life of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the millionaire Italian communist at the heart of many of the most extraordinary events of the twentieth century.”
Neon Neon have put together the show in collaboration with playwright Tim Price and director Wils Wilson – and you can find out more here.