Halcyon Days / Like 1000 Violins by One Thousand Violins

If I could fall into the sky

Do you think time would pass me by?

'Cause you know I'd listen to One Thousand Violins

If I could just see you ... tonight


OK, so 80’s indie-poppers One Thousand Violins probably had nothing to do with the success of Vanessa Carlton’s single back in 2002. That said, the Sheffield group did share Carlton’s way with melody. Their debut single ‘Halcyon Days’, a shoegazey jangle that sounds like The Smiths being covered by early My Bloody Valentine, was voted into John Peel’s Festive 50 when it dropped in 1985. Now that track and original B-side ‘Like 1000 Violins’ have been reissued on wax for the first time courtesy of Optic Nerve.

Limited Vinyl 7" £7.99 ON10

Splatter vinyl 7" on Optic Nerve. Edition of 500 copies incl. poster + postcard.

  • Coloured vinyl
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Halcyon Days / Like 1000 Violins by One Thousand Violins
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8/10 Will 20 June 2019

A jangly little jingle here. It's 'Halcyon Days' by late 80s indie outfit One Thousand Violins. Carried along by spiralling, crystalline guitar lines and an interestingly tremulous croon, it's an enjoyable song that brings to mind the Smiths as well as the Byrds or even early My Bloody Valentine (think Strawberry Wine rather than Loveless...). I can imagine this song used in a montage during a wistful indie flick, perhaps accompanying Super 8 footage of our hero and her new love skipping merrily through sun-dappled fields or perhaps the last, hazy summer before 'college'. I also love the technicolour synths that whirr in and out of earshot, they give the song an edge of magic. This song is pretty cheesy, clearly, but I just can't help enjoying it.


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