X FACTOR winners Little Mix’s first album is to be a concept-driven free-jazz epic inspired by the ancient gods of Egypt, it has been revealed.
Although the group have found success singing the X Factor’s delightful cover versions, their self-penned material will showcase the love of avant-garde improvisational music that inspired them to launch their music careers.
Describing the 412-minute Little Mix debut album Horus: The Hidden Reality Phase One, band member Leigh-Ann Pinnock said: “One of the main reasons we get on so well is that we’re all really into Sun Ra, Coltrane and also early industrial music like Throbbing Gristle.
“Since being put together for X Factor we’ve had loads of girly chats in our pyjamas, eating Maltesers and formulating a complex system of esoteric spiritual beliefs in which the bird-headed Egyptian god Horus is the creator of the cosmos and there are twelve parallel realities or ‘Shards’.
“We see our music as an important medium for conveying the deepest secrets of the universe to pre-teenage girls.
“Although obviously we also want it to be loads of fun.”
Opening track Klengtropic Multiverse features Little Mix member Jade Thirwell playing slow, hypnotic conga rhythm in 6-8 time while Jesy Nelson, who has recently changed her name to High Priestess Imhotep Saturn, chants ‘Anubis, deep space, Anubis, find your reality’.
A Syco insider said: “We’d kind of hoped for an album about sweets and love bites but we’ll tolerate it as long as they’re achieving their cosmic revelations without drugs.
“Hopefully they’re just getting high on fizzy drinks and friendship.”