Various Production / Jonquil Various Production / JonquilInfinity
VARIOUS PRODUCTION (VA2, 7”)
The unexpected collaborations between Various Production and the hottest names in indie rock that appear from time to time are fascinating. I remember that one 12”, “13”, on which they convinced Cat Power to substitute the original voice that sang the same tune on their debut album. Chan Marshall on a record by the elusive Ian & Adam? It was like a violent collision of two different worlds. In the case of this 7” the crash isn’t as surprising as that, but it’s confusing nonetheless. These are the facts: “Infinity” is originally by The xx. Various Production do a cover that is much more intoxicating and elusive than the original. The production has a bearing on the dangerous breaks, the intense bass lines and a sinister atmosphere perfect for the occasion, a kind of sound that would have been perfect for the reborn Portishead, had they not invented “Third”. But on the other side, the confusion grows: Jonquil, songwriter of the latest psych-folk / proto chill wave generation, does the same song with classic intentions, but underneath, a post-punk production filters through, like early New Order or late-eighties The Cure, which seems more adequate for the revision of the aesthetic universe of The xx, although in practice it remains a far-fetched interpretation, rootless, even though it’s done very well. From now on I only wish for two things: that Romy Madley Croft sings on the next Various record and that The xx take Jonquil with them on tour as their support act (if possible, under his Chad Valley moniker). I bet they would get along like a house on fire.
Jonquil - Infinity