Lilacs & Champagne by Lilacs & Champagne

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Vinyl LP £11.99 MEX106-1

LP on Mexican Summer (Grails lot!) hand numbered of 1000 & download!.

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CD £9.99 MEX106-2

CD on Mexican Summer (Grails lot!).

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Lilacs & Champagne by Lilacs & Champagne
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8/10 Mike 27 March 2012

We just got our first box from Mexican Summer in a while, and most obviously exciting among the treasured contained within is this album from Lilacs & Champagne, which is the side-project of Grails lads Alex Hall and Emil Amos. Don't go expecting Grails's dusky post-rockisms this time, though, since this time the boys have constructed a sample-heavy instrumental hip-hop album inspired by Madlib's production style. A framework of beats and samples underpins our journey through spooked and crooked melodies as their obscurely sourced samples and otherwise slick, detailed production conjures up images of vast deserts and interstellar flight and desolation and determination. It's quite a dark, gritty, soundtracky vibe they're working off here and the new approach to production keeps you on your toes as they flit between different sample bases. The use of guitars is reminding Phil of DJ Shadow and the mega cool atmospheres are reminding me of The Poison Arrows, but this doesn't really sound like either of those. When it gets really spacey and minimal it's actually even reminding me of Sun Araw a bit too in the cleverly titled 'Laid Fucking Back'. Very cool slinky vibes throughout. I like this.

9/10 Paul Rogers 28th April 2014

A blissful and oft psychedelic murmur of phantoms from the 1960’s and 70’s with a contemporary underflow, this self titled album from the Grails offshoot (recently supporting themselves on tour) works best at high volume and without interruption. Using spoken word samples and a whole barrage of otherworldly sounds and effects, the core of drums, bass and guitar work is at once driving and yet subtly understated. A delicate balance between power and beauty is achieved here. Grails never fail to impress, and this more recent offshoot from some of the same folk is delivering a less adventurous but equally enthralling sound adventure. Highly recommended from these ears and a soulful companion in this era. Production on the album is excellent, musicianship is too - join the trip.


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