While she still might be best known for providing vocals for Young Marble Giants, Alison Statton’s musical career didn’t cease to exist when they disbanded.
Aided by Spike Williams and Simon Booth, Statton formed Weekend and managed to release two albums before they too disbanded. Back in the mid-90s, an album of demos recorded at the band’s genesis was discovered, and released on CD by the Vinyl Japan label – these demos were the perfect porthole into Statton and co’s process, offering rare, skeletal visions of tracks which were fleshed out on the albums, as well as exclusive material.
Now Blackest Ever Black has managed to secure the rights to put this collection on vinyl for the first time, and allow us to enjoy the dubby dream-pop of ‘Red Planes’ and the meditative ‘Nostalgia’ all over again.
You can check out ‘Red Planes’ below. The ’81 Demos is due for release on Blackest Ever Black on March 3.