Thursday, 29 December 2016

Lasst die Sonne comes the Attic Lights - Super De Luxe (2013)

Attic Lights are a Scottish indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, formed in 2005 by Kev Sherry (vocals, guitar), Colin McArdle (vocals, bass) and Jamie Houston (guitar, keyboard, vocals), later joined by Tim Davidson (guitar, pedal steel) and Noel O'Donnell (drums, glockenspiel, vocals). The four-part harmonies in a number of their songs have led to critical comparisons with Teenage Fanclub and The Beach Boys. Their guitar heavy powerpop has been compared to alternative rock bands such as Weezer, R.E.M. and The Lemonheads.
A series of independent releases and live performances led to a bidding war between major labels. The band signed with Island Records, and released their debut album, Friday Night Lights, in October 2008. In 2013 followed the second album ''Super De Luxe.(excerpts from Wiki)

In 2012, the band signed with Elefant Records. On 1 April 2013, Attic Lights released new single, "Say You Love Me" on Elefant Records. This was followed in May 2013 by the release of the band's second album, Super De Luxe.

 Attic Lights' second full-length album, 2013's Super De Luxe, expands upon the melodic pop of their 2008 debut, Friday Night Lights, with a bigger, more robust production style. Working once again with producer and Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald, Attic Lights have crafted an album that is as infectiously melodic as anything they've done before, but feels more mainstream -- in the best possible way. The album finds the band showcasing its love of Scottish pop bands like Pilot and Teenage Fanclub, while also delving into some more dance-oriented, disco-influenced sounds that bring to mind the work of their similarly inclined contemporaries Phoenix and MGMT. Kicking off with the gargantuan glitter rock-sounding anthem "Say You Love Me," the band lays out a bombastic rebuke of scene-weary naysayers -- the kind who hyper-focus on everything they don't like rather than championing what they do. Singer Kev Sherry croons "Your likes are all defined by all the things you hate/All you can talk about is what they are wrong about and all of their mistakes." With the band's triumphant lead guitar lines laid down thick as pub smoke and a chorus that jubilantly cries "Just saaayyy you LOVE ME," the song is a celebratory command to simply let go and give in to the positive pop vibes about to come your way. And boy, do they come! Bassist Colin McArdle takes the vocal spotlight on a few tracks, like "Future Bound" and "Stay Before You Leave," lending them a particular '70s bubblegum pop vibe. Elsewhere, Sherry's songs, like the romantic "Breathe for Me" and the equally passionate "Mona Lisa," with its cinematic keyboard swells, are so sweeping and grand, you immediately want to hear them again as soon as they end. As Sherry pleads on the opening cut, "I just want to hear you say you love me," with Super De Luxe, you're likely to give Attic Lights exactly what they

Ich kann mich noch genau daran erinnern, als ich das erste Mal die Platte hörte...und nicht mehr ruhig sitzen bleiben konnte, praktisch durchs Zimmer ''flog''. Glitter Band- mäßiger Beat zu Beginn von ''Say you love me'' und dann die komplette Scheibe durch sowas von allerfeinsten Zuckerwattegitarren und Hooks, gleich pfundweise mit jugendlichem Drive vorgetragen, machten ''Super De Luxe'' für mich zur Scheibe des Jahres. Und genau in die Richtung geht es immer noch wenn ich das Album heute höre. Für mich ist die Platte alles, was das Wort ''Pop'' in meinem Kosmos bedeutet.
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