TAKE FOUNTAIN was recorded in Chicago and Seattle with studio icon Steve Fisk, producer of The Wedding Present's 1994 LP, Watusi; Fisk, a prime mover in the Seattle scene, also produced albums for Nirvana, Screaming Trees, and Soundgarden. This is The Wedding Present's first album since 1996's Saturnalia.
Somewhere its raining, and a heartbroken teenager listens to the Wedding Present on headphones while staring out at the raindrops sploshing against the earth outside. Formed in Leeds in the mid 80s, this "miserabilist" pop band was huge in the U.K. back in the 80s and 90s, though they never approached the charts here. In 2005, the Wedding Present is David Gedge plus whoever he wants in the band. In fact, Take Fountain
, the first WP album in 8 years, allegedly started out as a new record by his post-WP orchestral pop act, Cinerama
. Gedge has always demonstrated very Catholic indie-rock taste. His band covered Pavement
s "Box Elder" -- a song off their first single -- before most knew who they were. And here he re-enlists versatile veteran Steve Fisk
as the producer. There are poppy mid-tempo dirges ("Dont Touch that Dial") and vaguely detuned, mopey but not emo anthems ("Mars Sparkles Down on Me"). The now-Seattle-based Gedge has made another Wedding Present album filled with pretty songs that gracefully shout to the heavens, "Woe is me!" --Mike McGonigal