Celeste: Double Vinyl LPPHOSLP002
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Release Date: 28th April
There's something so magic about Soundcarriers second album 'Celeste', it's a wonderland of psychedelic pop with a mystic folk, a library funk complete with chunky basslines you could ride through valleys on and voices that sound like seductive siren calls from the woods. Released in 2010 they have been unwittingly followed since by artists almost operating at their level but again, never quite bottling that same 'magic'.
For those who dig: psychedelic mystic folk pop with an air of library funk and European jazz of the 60s and 70s and a splash of west coast sunshine pop.
There's something intangible about Celeste, the Soundcarriers’ second album, originally released in 2010. It has a light, lucid quality, almost like driving exhausted through a strange city at night. Freeflowing yet tethered, dreamy yet attacking, the band continue the fight to reconcile competing impulses. Various threads just about keep the shimmering tapestry from tearing. Haunting folk melodies underpinned by rhythmic static and the physicality of the totally analogue recording and mixing, baroque keyboard counterpoints and sweeping arrangements. The opener “Last Broadcast” seems to encapsulate this but it's almost as if the album gets the angst out of its system with this track and is free to explore the quieter, less crowded back streets. After the smoke of “Last Broadcast” has cleared, the twisting road takes in the soft introspection of “Hideaway” and “Morning Haze”, both tracks morphing into heavy psyche grooves or the eastern tinged psyche funk of “Signals” and “Rise And Fall”. Or takes another turn with the tightly arranged opening segment of “Long Highway”. Somehow it still manages to fit in ‘60s pop gems like “There Only Once”. An album to really lose yourself in, yet more concise than the sprawling Harmonium and more relaxed and freeflowing than the nervy rush of Entropicalia, Celeste could be arguably their most indispensable album and not to damn it with faint praise, their most listenable.
Long out of print and sought after 2nd album. Remastered with newly designed artwork. Bonus instrumental and alternate mixes. Inner sleeves contain unseen photos and new liner notes by Jim Gavin (Lodge 49 creator)
Side A 1. Last Broadcast 2. Step Outside 3. Morning Haze 4. Broken Sleep
Side B 1. Long Highway 2. Rolling On 3. There Only Once 4. Out of Place
Side C 1. Signals 2. Rise and Fall 3. Hideaway 4. Celeste
Side D 1. Long Highway (Inst.) 2. Out of Place (Inst.) 3. There Only Once (Inst.) 4. Last Broadcast (Alt. mix) 5. Celeste (Alt.mix)