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Three Second Memory is an international release that took Goldfish two years to record because of their hectic touring schedule. When touring the US recently they were compared to a Dave Matthews electro band.
“We are similar to him in that we were just a jamming outfit in the beginning and then people asked us to write songs,” reasons David Poole. “We were just messing around before 2005.”
Their current big hit, which is the album’s title track, contains the chorus from Blue Boy’s big 1997 hit, Remember Me.
“I was in Hyde Park in London with friends and I heard the track,” says Dominic Peters. “I couldn’t remember who did it. Then we did a remix for our set in Ibiza and people loved it. We decided to do a hybrid with the chorus and Goldfish verses.”
The result is a potentially huge hit.
Their other international remix on the album is Cantaloop by US3. Goldfish are very proud of this track as they were asked by US3 to remix the song for them.
“It was the first track I learnt to play when I was 13 and we already had a remix of the track. We sent it to them like half-an-hour after the call and they were like: ‘Wow, you’re so fast’.”
While the South African public is familiar with their first two hits from the album, Take Back Tomorrow and One Million Views, and immediately fell in love with the title track as re- leased by their local label, Sony Music Africa, their international label, Universal Music Netherlands, has decided on another track. It is the sweet sounds of the gently African- influenced Moonwalk Away. It is a sample originating from Benin, but obviously tweaked by Goldfish to make it their own.
“Of course we did thousands of things to it,” smiles Poole. “We made it sound like our own. For some reason they like that song in Europe and it is doing really well. I think it’s something to do with the African sound.”
This album is different to their previous three in that the songs don’t grab the listener immediately. It takes a few listens to really get it, but when it happens, it is as magnificent and classic as all their other releases. Goldfish really are prolific songwriters and this album proves it yet again.
“Most dance songs use loops or cheesy s**t,” says Peters.
“We come from band history so we bridge that gap. We make albums like compilations probably because we listened to Cafe del Mar in the 1990s which is where we discovered electro music.
“I would hate to release an album of bangers,” he continued.
“We could have stuck with our old tricks, but been there, done that.”
“This is an album of a playlist curated by your favourite artist,” says Poole.
Three Second Memory is a must-buy in the Goldfish collection, a collection that will go down in dance history as one of the greatest and most authentic. – Therese Owen