Weekly series in which people talk about bands that you should already know but the world has contrived to deprive you of. Today, Misctape offers you his thoughts:
Like a long-lusted, long-lost love affair from a summer forever ago, Other People’s Children’s synthetic loops and electronic trill still echo homesick nostalgia in the back of your head.
The Australian duo of Nicole Lowrey (Toupee) and Jason Sweeney (Panoptique Electrical) were concocting experimental fuzz in the late ’90s and early ’00s for an niché of cassette tape and vinyl aficionados. With several understated releases on sleepy label Library Records, they soon made their serene debut LP Field of Sadness in 2001. The hazy, endless Casio and uneasy rhythms certainly didn’t stand them out from the crowd. In fact, it would be fair to say that Other People’s Children were like pacifistic passion for a small corner of listeners.
Their sound neither protruded nor depressed. It shied away from making any great statement and instead captured a forgotten moment, meandering along softly to the memory. It recalls lazy summer evenings and sunset city hubbub. This minimalistic sound floated its way over to Europe where it seemed like Other People’s Children had found their perfect match – Morr Music. The Berlin-based label, set up by Thomas Morr in 1999 “to avoid having to work with idiots”, were fresh-faced and quietly introducing a new generation of apologetic electro-pop.
A 7″ release of On A Clear Day felt like the start of things for come for the duo. It was a pulsating melody of warbles and soft vocals; it nestled nicely alongside the likes of Lali Puna and ISAN. However, Other People’s Children never made the same dent as their label-mates.
Over the next few years their tracks made it onto a few minor compilations, but the momentum just didn’t ever pick up. In 2003 they released Delete.Control.Escape, an album encompassing selective memories from their 2000-03 output. It’s a painful irony that their sound is the same as their story – comely and quaint.
Over the last decade Nicole and Jason have had various solo projects on the go, before merging once more to set up the label Significant Others in 2010. For Other People’s Children, the moment might be long gone, but you still can wistfully reminisce in a summer near you.
Misctape is a man.