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POTTER, COLIN - We Couldn't Agree on a Total

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: ICR
Release Year: 2023
Note: jubilee release (# 100) on ICR, COLIN POTTER's label (and studio) that started in 1981 with a compilation LP entitled "We Couldn't Agree on a Title" = 2 live recordings made a Cafe Oto in 2016 + 2018, plus one splendid studio mix directly from COLINs magic hands, creating spacious, cosmic, droning synth landscapes.. - "Two sides of the master, and while I slightly prefer the controlled constructions, it's a great release." [FdW/Vital Weekly]
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"This is the 100th release by ICR. The first was the compilation LP We Couldnt Agree on a Title in 1981. Back in those days, I never imagined no, wait thats so long ago, I really cant remember what I imagined. I know that I did think Integrated Circuit Records was a good name for a label that was integrated (?!) and vaguely electronic. Which is why its now called ICR, much less of a mouthful. But it is slightly surprising to have made it to 100 releases, although I doubt well make it to 200, which partly explains the title of this CD.

3 tracks totalling over 74 minutes, 2 were recorded live at London's Cafe Oto. The third is a studio mix of the music I played live a number of times, but never managed to get a decent recording.

As we have made it to 100, this seems an appropriate time to thank everyone whos been involved in helping me keep this leaky boat afloat for over 40 years - the artists who have appeared on releases and the people who have assisted in the running of things. I hope you know how much I appreciate this. In particular I would like to thank Jonathan Coleclough, who has been designing wonderful covers (including this one) and graphics for ICR for most of its life and has been a constant studio and live partner for many years.

And finally I would like to thank the people who have bought the records, cassettes, 8track cartridges, CDs and downloads and showed up to see me make a fool of myself in public over the years. Without you it would have been somewhat pointless."


"In 1981, Colin Potter released a compilation LP, 'We Couldnt Agree on a Title', the inaugural release on Integrated Circuit Records. 'We Couldn't Agree On A Total' is the 100th release, but it's not a compilation. To celebrate this milestone, Potter selected two live recordings from his concerts at Cafe Oto in 2018 and 2016 and one studio piece of something he played live a couple of times but never managed to get a great recording of. The cover shows Potter and a plethora of instruments; I am sure this photo is some construction of various images, but it's an impressive display of gear. Next to playing as a musician, solo and with Nurse With Wound, Potter runs the ICR studio, so I am sure he knows all about gear, cobbling these together and making them sound simultaneously, with Captain Potter at the controls. The mixing board is the big audio canvas to paint sounds, add effects, change frequencies, and do whatever people do behind big mixing consoles to produce great music. In the April 2018 concert, Potter goes for a take on cosmic music, with arpeggios and rhythm in slow motion, and once that train leaves the station, it majestically rolls about. It has that cosmic Krautrock idea, and it works very well. In 2016, he did something similar, but the arpeggios come in later here, and it takes some time to get there. Potter needs some time to get his stuff brewing from below the surface, but it erupts like a volcano with clockwork precision. In the studio construction, none of these arpeggios are rolling about but a slow melodic touch over drone-like synthesiser tapestries. Maybe also a bit on the cosmic side, but less urgent and more ambient. To me, it seems Potter exercises more control in this piece, whereas in the live pieces, he's wilder and lets things run wild. Two sides of the master, and while I slightly prefer the controlled constructions, it's a great release." [FdW/Vital Weekly]