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the futureheads have made a record with no instruments at all. it is called 'rant', and it is strictly a cappella. a cappella, which is italian for 'in the manner of the chapel', but has come to mean music made using nothing but the human voice. the crucial research materials were a selection of alan lomax, smithsonian institute archive recordings (sea shanties a particular favourite) picked up while touring america, and more locally sourced inspirations brought to them by a sunderland folk club veteran called keith gregson. hence the presence on rant of folk standards 'sumer is icumen in', 'the keeper', 'the old dun cow' and 'hanging johnny'. 'rant' also contains a cappella arrangements of four classics from the futureheads' back catalogue. and then there's the three stunning versions of pop classics - kelis, black eyed peas and sparks.
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