Thursday, 24 July 2014
The Garment District: If You Take Your Magic Slow
These songs have The Left Banke's whispered grandeur, Joe Byrd and The Field Hippies' experimental mini-symphonies and Broadcast's eerie way of fusing quicksilver electronics to Eastern European folk music.
There's a song called Bell, Book and Candle, surely a nod to the 1958 film soundtrack. But my money's on The Tomorrow People television music being more important. Because Jennifer Baron, who is The Garment District and used to be in The Ladybug Transistor, must own some Delia Derbyshire records on the basis of this spectral, otherworldly songs.
Vocals feature on only 3 of these songs. It's all about the atmos. Baron doesn't sing on any of these. If you want to hear her vocals, check out Even Stevens by The Lucksmiths. If you want something brand new that has vintage hallmarks, buy If You Take Your Magic Slow.
Posted by Ben at 19:25