1 Handsome Machine (Rad...a/p
Team Picture releases new single 'Handsome Machine' via Clue Records on 26th June, taken from forthcoming debut album 'The Menace of Mechanical Music' (out 12th June). In a time where everyone from Whitney Houston to Frank Zappa has been recreated in hologram form, where Grimes recently suggested that “we are at the end of human art”; there could scarcely be a better time for genre-shifting Leeds-based six-piece Team Picture to bring forth the thrillingly expansive synth-pop opus of their debut album. Inspired by an early 20th Century essay under the same name by American marching band leader John Phillip Sousa, Team Picture take a look at the automation of creativity on their first record with a fully settled line up. Themes centre around the value of creative identity in an automated age, the increasingly disposable nature of art and where that leaves its creators. 'Handsome Machine's Icarus-like striving for the sun is an antidote to a music world awash with digital production manipulation and songs written to algorithm. In debating the loosening of the human grip on creativity, Team Picture have poured every last drop of emotion into the recording process. Guitarist Josh Lewis says “It's a bit of a mood piece about that great word 'Saudade' – a deep melancholy longing for something that's past. Like how you feel about your first love, or maybe a group of friends, or a place in time in your life you'll never have or experience again in the same way”.