Makemake is the new solo project from avant-pop producer Brendan Williams (GoGo Penguin, Dutch Uncles, Kiran Leonard). Williams has long been a name associated with the new Manchester vanguard, from the contemporary jazz of 2014 Mercury Prize nominees GoGo Penguin to the art-pop decadence of Dutch Uncles.
Lucretia and the Sky is Makemake’s second single and is about musician and astronomer Caroline Lucretia Herschel, who moved from Hanover to live in Bath with her Brother William in 1772.
Williams explains “I became fascinated by her story after reading Richard Holmes’ book The Age of Wonder. She contracted typhus at the age of ten and was written-off by her father, who decided that she should not be formally educated. Despite this she became one of the most important astronomers of her time.”
The middle-eight of the track lists some of Hershel’s major discoveries, read by the Berlin born artist Clara Chill. As with the forthcoming MAKEMAKE debut album, ‘Lucretia and the Sky’ features Everything Everything’s Michael Spearman on drums, Robin Richards of Dutch Uncles on bass and Berlin born artist Clara Chill reading some of Herschal discoveries.
Video directed by Jimmy Welch.