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7" on Voight Kampff Records.
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Don't know anything about these lads but they seem to be going for that luxurious 80s power pop sound. Opener 'Himalaya' oozes a mid-80s savviness you'd associate with Duran Duran or one of them lads. It's not as glamorous in tone but it certainly close. The guitars are layered with chorus and the synths are verging on Yacht rock territory which is both excruciating and ace in equal measure. Flip it over and they get even closer to a purest Duran Duran formula. 'Happiness Is Fragile' has that warm semi-gothic vocal approach that delivers big time by the chorus plus there's a hint of slap bass keeping that groove tight and silky. These guys certainly know how to craft a tune and they've done a fine job of tapping into the mid 80s Conservative government sound. Nice work lads, and good timing too.
The Lodgekeeper said:
Sad Lovers & Giants formed in the early 1980's and released five studio albums on Midnight Music before disappearing for a while. During the 1980's they toured Europe extensively and did a John Peel session, by the end of the 80's they were playing almost exclusively abroad with occasional UK live appearances at the old Marquee club in London's Wardour Street. There's some good footage of this period on Youtube. In the early 1990's their label went bust and their entire back catalogue was purchased by Cherry Red Records which resulted in the release of a 'greatest hits' CD called 'E Mail from Eternity'. In 2003 a further CD entitled 'Melting in the Fullness of Time' came out on Voight Kampff Records and Cherry Red started re-releasing their back catalogue. The interest in the band since then has prompted 2 or 3 live shows a year but more interestingly the recruitment of a permanent keyboard player and regular rehearsals has given rise to some new material, some of which features in the live shows. This single is the first release of said new material. So here you have an authentic 1980's band, albeit of cult status, who suddenly start writing new songs again after a 20 year break. This of course breaks all Music Industry rules and shouldn't be allowed.
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