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Michael James Pollard
Record / CD / Tape
2021
Emotional Rescue returns to early 1980s Manchester with the previously unreleased music of Michael James Pollard and his beautiful distillation of indie pop in Too Confusing and bedsit cover version of Ashford and Simpson’s Surrender.

While studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic, Pollard lived and played in a band in a ramshackle house in Whalley Range. In the cellar studio he would write and record his own songs using their guitars, fretless bass and keys, as well as his own Casio VL-Tone VL-1 and Simmons Clap Trap to augment his drums onto a 4 track TEAC.

By 1983, and now solo, he was recording out of Dislocation Dance’s studio, had secured a Peel Session and via Factory Records’ Lindsay Reade, was discussing with Fundação Atlântica about releasing an album.

Working with singer Sioux Goddard as a duo, they put down 8 songs in 2 weeks in summer ‘84 at Revolution Studios. However, Fundação Atlântica’s financial difficulties and soon closure meant the songs were lost until now.

Recovered off the original tapes, Too Confusing captures the optimism of the sessions, a summer love melody of forlorn youth. Surrender accompanies, recorded back in that cellar in ’81, with friend Stephanie Danziger on vocals, its lo-fi simplicity is a perfect take on an all-time classic, making this a newly prized gem of

Too Confusing
by Michael James Pollard

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Too Confusing 00:00 / 04:42



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Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
£4 GBP or more

Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

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Limited Edition 7" vinyl. Housed in specially designed Reverse Card Board.

Release date subject to change due to COVID restrictions - sent asap though!

Includes unlimited streaming of Too Confusing via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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£10 GBP or more

Full Digital Discography
105
releases

Get all 105 Emotional Rescue releases available on Bandcamp and save 80%.

Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Check Out Your Mind, Swinging London, I Remember Mama, I Want You, Something Got A Hold On Me, Keep On Moving, DISCO REGGAE LOVERS : I Want To Be Free, DISCO REGGAE LOVERS : Lorraine, and 97 more.
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Too Confusing 04:42



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Surrender 03:37



3.

Too Confusing (Demo) 04:51


about
Emotional Rescue returns to early 1980s Manchester with the previously unreleased music of Michael James Pollard and his beautiful distillation of indie pop in Too Confusing and bedsit cover version of Ashford and Simpson’s Surrender.

While studying photography at Manchester Polytechnic, (MJ) Pollard lived and played in a band in a ramshackle house in Walley Range. In the cellar studio he would write and record his own songs using their guitars, fretless bass and keys, as well as his own Casio VL-Tone VL-1 and Simmons Clap Trap to augment his drums onto a 4 track TEAC.

By 1983, and now solo, he was recording out of Dislocation Dance’s studio (ERC111), had secured a Peel Session and via Factory Records’ Lindsay Reade, was discussing with Fundação Atlântica about releasing an album.

Working with singer Sioux Goddard as a duo, they put down 8 songs in 2 weeks in summer ‘84. However, Fundação Atlântica’s financial difficulties and soon closure meant the songs were lost until now.

Recovered off the original tapes and lovingly restored, Too Confusing captures the optimism of the sessions, a summer love melody of forlorn youth. Surrender accompanies, recorded back in that cellar in ’81, with friend Stephanie Danziger on vocals, its lo-fi simplicity is a perfect take on an all-time classic, making this a newly prized gem of British indie pop history.
Artefact added : 25th August 2021
by MichaelP
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