I listen to a lot of music that the majority of people have never heard of and I’m good with that. I think it would be fair to say that some of it is rather niche and not for everyone but there are a few bands that deserve more recognition and coverage than they receive, a prime example being The Egg.
The Egg – Who are they then?
Originally from Oxford, The Egg started life back in the mid 90s and it was on the release of their debut ‘Albumen’ that I discovered them. HMV in Oxford used to have listening posts where you could pop on a pair of headphones and listen to a selection of the CDs they had on sale. Impressed with the snippets I heard I bought a copy of the CD and it has been a firm favourite of mine ever since.
What prompted me to write this blog post was an email from the band to announce that Albumen was available to stream and to buy via iTunes for the first time to celebrate TWENTY YEARS since its release. I struggle to get my head around the fact it was a 16 year old me with really shit hair that was stood in HMV 20 years ago thinking ‘this sounds pretty cool’.
I am particularly pleased they have released Albumen via iTunes as it has meant I could replace the copy ripped from CD that always jumped on track 3 and the OCD in me loves having decent artwork at last! You can stream the album on Spotify or download from iTunes.
What do they sound like?
Their sound has changed over the years, morphing from the cinematic epicness of their early days to chilled out electronica to a more dance orientated sound recently. One thing that has remained throughout is the funky groove that has been ever present in their sound. They are fantastic live and look as good as they sound, utilising an array of images projected behind the band as they perform.
What should I listen to?
A selection for you from each of the major releases from the band to give you an idea of how they sound (I love they have a song called Port Meadow, anyone from Oxford will understand why).