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Originally released as a Paddy McAloon solo album in 2003, the mesmerising I Trawl The Megahertz has been remastered and rebranded as a Prefab Sprout album.
Comprised of nine compositions including the 22 minute instrumental title track and the heartbreaking song Sleeping Rough, I Trawl The Megahertz stands as perhaps the most ambitious and poignant McAloon related release.
“In 1996 after recording Andromeda Heights, I started to work on a new batch of songs for an album I wanted to call ‘20th Century Magic’,” Paddy recalls. “After sidelining ‘20th Century Magic’ I started to consider another project. The title song of this new project, ‘Doomed Poets’, was a moody little number and a sort of forerunner to ‘Megahertz in terms of mood.
“One spring morning in ’99 just for the hell of it, I entered a few random notes into the sequencer of my (even then) ancient Atari computer,” Paddy explains. “I recorded a couple of further layers without listening to what had gone before. By pure good luck, when I played them back they formed a few chords that filled me with a strange sort of nostalgia for something I couldn’t name or get close to. At some point a picture started to form. That’s how Megahertz started.”
Though the record originally appeared as a solo album, it seems fitting to now classify it as a Prefab Sprout project. “I thought we could do anything”, Paddy says of those heady Prefab days. “And Megahertz is true to that spirit. The music here is of a piece with everything I’ve ever written. It’s from the heart.”
1. I Trawl the Megahertz
2. Esprit de Corps
3. Fall from Grace
4. We Were Poor…
5. Orchid 7
6. I’m 49
7. Sleeping Rough
9. …But We Were Happy