Andrew Hung , one-half of UK electronic noise duo F**k Buttons, releases his debut solo album Realisationship, on October 13th 2017 via Lex Records.
Realisationship acts as a marker for a revelatory period for the artist; the cocoon of his previous work is shattered and a new relationship with the inner infinite emerges.
The journey of his debut album Realisationship pushed the artist to the forefront – the album was written, produced and recorded solely by Hung, and sees the artist singing for the first time. "I had no idea I was going to be singing on this record; it just happened!” he says. “It was inevitable with regards to what I'd been doing, but yeah I had no idea. Gaining the confidence to sing was the hardest part."
"I can't completely identify with the voice on the record. Yes, it's me, but it's not me. Singing as an expression is very new to me... I see an oscillation between myself and the character of the album especially the voice. It's naked vulnerable duality.”
Realisationship documents the rise of an artist to his self-realisation, at once confused and alone crescendoing into belief and power. The vulnerable becomes the powerful, the voiceless becomes the shout; this is the duality of Realisationship.
Andrew Hung has also announced that he will play the following live shows next month in support of his debut solo album;
12 November Manchester Soup Kitchen
13 November Glasgow Hug & Pint
14 November Leeds Headrow House
16 November Birmingham Hare & Hounds 2
18 November Brighton – The Joker
20 November Bristol – The Exchange
Tickets for all shows are on-sale now from usual agents
Hung is well known for his output with F**k Buttons, the electronic/noise duo he formed with Benjamin John Power. The collaboration thrust the duo into unchartered territory: completing three albums, touring extensively around the globe, headlining multiple festivals including the Park Stage at Glastonbury, featuring in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony and more. Theirs was a tale of an unlikely triumph for the DIY spirit from which they were born.
He formed the group Dawn Hunger (an anagram of Andrew Hung), a project designed to be performed by a female vocalist. Determined to set himself apart from his previous work; he created over 400 tracks to stimulate evolution in his art. Two albums were recorded and mastered but neither were released, but would remain invaluable to Hung's practice.
Hung found himself in contact with Beth Orton and they quickly started a collaboration. "Beth in many ways, renewed my perspective of collaboration; proving to me that collaboration is an incredible tool that provides shortcuts to realisation; such was the sweetness and beauty of ours." Over a period of two years, they created "Kidsticks", an album that critics proclaimed to be Orton's career highlight.
During this time, Hung released two EPs, named "Rave Cave 1" and "Rave Cave 2". "They were tracks that I'd been playing around with on my travels and I consolidated them into bodies of work when I got home". The EPs were immediate, bouncy and fun.
Hung attracted the attention of film director Jim Hosking who asked him to soundtrack his film The Greasy Strangler; "I absolutely loved it; it was an intense 3 week period of getting the music together, but it felt so good to run away with ideas for someone else. I was like an actor". The film garnered incredible praise, winning multiple awards. This period saw a new-found love of collaboration and Hung found himself freshly invigorated.
Andrew Hung - Realisationship
1. Say What You Want
3. No I Won't
4. Private Commercial
7. Sugar Pops
9. Open Your Eyes
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