Five years in the making, and featuring contributions from dozens of musicians and artists around the globe, Platinum Metres is Joshua WF Thomson’s eagerly awaited debut album on his eponymously titled Platinum Metres label.
In 1977 NASA sent two gold-plated phonograph records containing images and audio into space. These records travelled onboard Voyager probes I and II and were conceived as time capsules intended to communicate the story of our world to extraterrestrials.
Instrument of oblivion and symbol of hope, Voyager I is currently travelling at 38,000mph some 33 light hours from home, a triumph of the first great era of interplanetary exploration. It will be 40,000 years before Voyager I reaches the nearest potentially inhabited planets on its lonely trajectory.
Platinum Metres is Thomson’s reworking of the epic NASA mission. It is his love letter to the vinyl format and to NASA’s Golden Record; the physical manifestation of our enduring compulsion to communicate.
This genre-spanning release contains 19 audio tracks including two of the most romantic locked grooves committed to vinyl, plus an audio-visual track containing 145 images of planet earth.
The ambitious reach of Platinum Metres spans the shuffling funk miniature “Au Clare de la Lune”, the driving cosmiche of “Diabolus in Musica” and the ambitious “Suite for Seven Continents” merging mutated forms of rock, afro-beat, ambient and Jazz.
Platinum Metres was recorded in England, Thailand and Hong Kong and mastered in London’s legendary Abbey Road studios. Pressed on 140gram platinum-coloured vinyl and beautifully packaged, Platinum Metres is as much an art object as a unique listening experience.