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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pour me another gin

If you don't spend your day trawling indie news sites and blogs (and clearly you do since you've managed to find BW) you may not have heard of Lightspeed Champion, but this is a name worth remembering.
Falling off the Lavender Bridge is former-Test Icicles member Devonte Hynes' first album as Lightspeed Champion. For those of you that found the Galaxy of the Lost EP a bit of a disappointment, the album, due to hit shelves late in January '08, is a much more impressive affair.
His music is folksy, quite often upbeat and fun, with quirky incorporation of strings, keys and acoustics on some tracks that reminds me of Dresden Dolls. Hynes' voice can be a bit hit and miss (more hit than miss mind you) but when he gets right, as he does in Dry Lips he gets it very right. The album has a number of highlights, including the epic "Midnight Surprise", the awesomely titled "Everyone I Know is Listening to Crunk" and a studio version of "No Surprise". In fact, I have no doubt this is going to be his signature track, and I'm yet to find someone who doesn't like it. I'm sorry you're all going to have to wait a few weeks to get your ears into this!

Lightspeed Champion - Everyone I Know is Listening to Crunk

If you would like to hear some more of Hynes work as Lightspeed Champion before the album drops, Good Weather for Airstrikes has a number of live tracks, performed with Florence of Florence and the Machine, available for download, including a beautiful version of "No Surprise".

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