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First released in 2009, Cheval Sombre's self-titled debut remains a beautifully and subtly-crafted psychedelic journey. With the help of one Sonic Boom, Cheval Sombre made an album of lilting folk, blown up to gloroious technicolour with spacey keys and guitars. Also features a bit of playing from Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, whose label first released the album.

Limited Vinyl Double LP £29.99 FER-014

Limited edition coloured vinyl 2LP on Fat Elvis Records. Comes with lyric sheet and a hidden surprise. Includes four unreleased original demos and the ultra-rare “If It’s You”. Limited edition of 300 copies (MINOR SPINE SPLITS TO OUTER SLEEVE).

  • Coloured vinyl
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CD on Double Feature CHEAP!!!.

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USED PROMO CD on Double Feature, EX/EX.

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Cheval Sombre by Cheval Sombre
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8/10 Li'l Biz 08 May 2009
Cheval Sombre started life as a one-man outfit with a focus on tripped-out, shoe-gazing, slow folk. This 's/t' record is the first official long player release and sees Cheval teamed up with song-writer, producer and all-round good dude, Sonic Boom. It appears to be some kind of partnership, with Sonic producing as well as playing additional percussion and keyboards (inc. a favorite instrument of mine, the Omni chord!!). They are also accompanied by top guest players Britta Phillips (extra bass, microkorg) and Dean Wareham (tasty guitar work). Cheval writes in a very similar way to Jason Pearce, and these tracks share alot in common with the downbeat spacerock of later Spiritualized releases. The production further adds to the spaced-out nature of the music, sounding in part like 60s Phil Spector pop whilst maintaining that space swagger I associate with early Sonic Boom output. The music is light, breezy and incredibly slow - so it can be defined as nothing other than slowcore folk. The perfect accompaniment to a sunny day out on the lawn with a picnic basket full of space cakes.


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