i am your autopilot Robots In the Orchestra (CD, £6.95)label: Timbreland
Robots In the Orchestra is the debut album from this Manchester based trio and is a collection of ten meticulously crafted songs that effortlessly blend soulful electronics and choral vocals with chiming acoustic guitars and analogue synth oscillations. As well as garnering praise from the BBC, I Am Your Autopilot have collaborated with New York based multimedia artist Fredo Viola for a series of European shows in early 2009, including an appearance at La Cigale in Paris and a live session on the internationally renowned La Blogotheque. The three members of the band have history between them - Ben Evans and Graeme Brooker were writing partners for a number of years in The Italian Love Party who recorded for Tony Wilson's Factory Too label. Jasper Wilkinson played with Jersey Street, whose mix of soul and afro-funk was on regular rotation on the dancefloor at Manchester's now legendary Electric Chair night. As a three-piece the sound they create belies influences as diverse as Air, Spiritualized, Simon & Garfunkel and François Couperin and their debut album grabs you with its cinematic, heartbreaking and jubilant quality. In 2008 I Am Your Autopilot were short-listed for the prestigious Best in Manchester award for their work in collaborative multimedia.
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