London's Idjut Boys (Dan Tyler & Conrad McConnell) and Rune Lindbæk of Oslo are Meanderthals. As longtime friends and fans of each other’s music they have discussed the idea of working together in a musical context for years and in 2008, they finally began to make those ideas a reality. Throughout the year they traveled back and forth between Oslo and London to create their debut album Desire Lines (Smalltown Supersound, 2009).

A meanderthal is a theory by Matthew Tiessen about a human that is always in the way of others. Whether it be the person on the wrong side of the escalator, the person walking slowly, the person bicycling on the pavement, it is essentially the person that stops the flow of urban daily life. On the contrary, Lindbæk, Tyler and McConnell`s definition does not see this person as a threat, but as a person that is completely in his own world - a slacker, musically on his own. This could also be a good description of Lindbaek and the two Idjut Boys.

The title, Desire Lines, is also based on a theory. This theory is used by architects as they observe where people choose to walk before making a path. The chosen path is a desire line.

Meanderthals' Desire Lines is their chosen path of beautiful and mellow balearic disco. A warm and dreamy blend of dub folk, prog, kraut, psychedelia and 70s west-coast combined to invent an organic, slanted, and proggy feel

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Desire Lines

Desire Lines

Smalltown Supersound




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