Our album of the week (14th August 2009)
It comes as no surprise to find that Epic45 grew up - and still reside -in a small rural village in the heartland of the English Midlands.
Based around the nucleus of 27-year-old school friends Ben Holton and Rob Glover, Epic45 have had a varied and fluid line-up since their debut in 1999, releasing a series of highly acclaimed EPs and albums for labels such as Bearos, Awkward Silence and Where Are My Records. The band has also received radio airplay from the late John Peel, Steve Lamacq and Verity Sharp.
Inspired by their surroundings, blissful childhood summers and mysterious/inspiring walks, the duo have been making music for more than a decade.
Epic45's last full-length album, 2007's “May Your Heart Be The Map” cemented the band's reputation as
purveyors of gorgeous, hazy, atmospheric pop. Described by Word Magazine as “The best English summer album ever”, it displayed Epic45's masterful blending of acoustic and electronic instruments, their subtle use of field recordings to evoke different moods and memories, and glorious, understated vocal harmonies.
Much has happened in the months since. “In All The Empty Houses” is a diary of this time. It is, in every
sense, a very personal record; one that captures innocence, loss, yearning, resignation... and hope. It is an album of ghosts - the ghosts of past times, the ghosts of lost relationships, the ghosts of what might have been and the ghosts of what never was... ghosts on tape.
If you're looking for easy musical references, you might be able to hear the ghosts of Sarah Records,
Disco Inferno, Slowdive and New Order. But to rely on such comparisons would be a considerable
disservice. The sounds are unmistakably those of Epic45, the hushed vocals, chiming guitars, warm
electronics, the beautiful turn of phrase, the heartbreaking melodies. “In All The Empty Houses” has a rich emotional depth, an honesty and an integrity all too seldom found. It is, simply, a stunning record.
“In All The Empty Houses” also features contributions from Simon Scott (Slowdive / Televise) on drums
as well as new Epic45 member Paul Manasseh (who records as PManasseh) on keyboards.
Videos for each track on this release will be available at www.epic45.com
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