Amorphous Androgynous on scrapped Noel Gallagher collaboration: ‘He was too afraid to be weird’

Garry Cobain of the production duo vents his frustrations about their failed experimentation

British production duo Amorphous Androgynous have hit out at Noel Gallagher for his perceived reluctance to experiment with his musical output.

Gallagher collaborated with Amorphous Androgynous prior to his debut solo album, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, in 2011. Their joint record was never released and Gallagher recently told NME it will “never see the light of day” because “the mixes weren’t right” and he just “couldn’t be arsed” to put out another album.

While two collaborations with the pair – ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Mexican’ – did eventually feature on Gallagher’s latest album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, which was released in March, Amorphous Androgynous’ Garry Cobain has now spoken to The Guardian, venting his frustrations about their failed experiment.

Cobain reveals that the collaboration “started out promisingly” and that Gallagher “went into it with all the right intentions”. The good atmosphere soon subsided, he added. “The studio wasn’t disharmonious, but I did have to work around his limitations and it quickly became apparent that rather than singing and playing differently, he wanted to do things exactly the same as ever.”

The producer continued: “It’s odd because Noel loves The Beatles, the masters of experimentation. But Oasis thought they just needed to sing lyrics of love – it was all surface and no depth. To me, psychedelia isn’t just tasteful songs about the sun and phased guitars; it’s a radical form.”

“Noel is loved by middle England. Would I turn his four-minute songs into prog-psych music? No, I was prepared to meet him halfway. My mandate was to do the most difficult thing: bring my psych and prog influences to bear on pop songs… Now people are citing ‘The Right Stuff’ as one of the best things he has done, and proof of how good he can be when he explores.”

Cobain expressed his view that there’s “not much colour on [Gallagher’s] two [solo] albums”, describing the records as “just the same old Noel”.

He added: “He has tried to send out this message that he’s pushed himself, but it’s just the same generic stuff. We had kids’ choirs, harpsichords, mandolins. We really went to town with orchestras and all sorts of crazy instrumentation. He just needed to cut the pie to suit Noel the solo artist – we left some excess pastry on it so he could trim a bit off.”

Despite the creative differences, Cobain says he would still be open to working with Gallagher in the future. “We still talk,” he said. “But he has been asked about our album a lot, and his rebuttal of it is a disgrace. It’s doing me a lot of damage. He became too afraid to be weird. But, still, when Noel is ready to collaborate, I’m here.”

Read the full interview here. Amorphous Androgynous’s latest release ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) – The Wizards Of Oz’ is out now.