Wednesday, February 17, 2010

TVD Fresh Track | Lawrence Arabia

Methinks if John Lennon were still kicking around, we'd have this bit of canny song craft perfection on the regular—if he were in top form, that is.

A former member of bands like The Ruby Suns (Sub Pop), The Brunettes and The Reduction Agents as well as a touring member of Okkervil River, Lawrence Arabia—the savant-like songwriting alter ego of James Milne—is shedding his sideman status and stepping alone into the bright light of the U.S. music scene with Chant Darling.

The album is his first full-length on Bella Union, the UK-based label credited with discovering hallmark influencers Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Beach House and Explosions in the Sky among others.

Already receiving four-star reviews from UK tastemakers like Mojo and Uncut, Chant Darling melds irreverent lyrics with West Coast melodies and lush harmonies, playing like a modern take on the work of classic popsmiths like Jonathan Richman, John Lennon and Brian Wilson.

The first single from Chant Darling ‘Apple Pie Bed,’ received New Zealand’s highest songwriting honor the Silver Scroll award this past September.

Lawrence Arabia - Apple Pie Bed (Mp3)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really want to argue whether Mojo and Uncut are "UK Tastemakers". I would argue that neither of these magazines/websites bring new music to light to a record buying or downloading public. This is the definition of tastemaker. Rather these magazines appeal to the 28-58yo demographic- that is followers not leaders. This is not to say anything negative to the obviously talented Lawrence Arabia. Shamus