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Luxembourg Signal at No BS: Just Rock and Roll

The Luxembourg Signal est un avatar de Aberdeen groupe qui officiait à la fin des 90’s et au début des années 2000. La plupart de ses membres a donc opté pour un nouveau nom mais leur musique demeure toujours une indie-pop solide contstruite autour de mélodies fortes et de guitares à faison.

S’y ajoute néanmoins des petites incursions dream-pop, voire shoegaze, et un son plus plein qu’à l’origine mais la force du groupe reste la même : un songwriting riche d’émotions et des vocaux de Beth Azry à la pureté confondante.

Les tonalités de Luxembourg ont un poids dont Aberdeen était dénué. Les guitares acoustiques et électriques multiplient les nappes sur des claviers éclatants et une section rythmique solide et régulière.

Les morceaux alternent le noisy (« Dying Star ») ou la reverb (« Drowning ») ce qui, en soi, montre en quoi le groupe bénéficie de cette nouvelle approche. Les titres qui aurient pu s’apparenter à du Aberdeen (l’effronté « She Loves to Feel the Sun » ou le traînant « We Go On ») ont plus d’impact grâce à ce son plus assuré.

Au niveau des climats, la plupart des morceaux ont ce côté brumeux et nostalgique qui semble accompagner le passage du temps et le fait de pousser en âge. « We Go On » en est l’exemple et évoque immanquablement The Smiths (tout comme « Heaven » et la ballade « Let It Go »)) à cet égard.

Il est évident que les membres du groupe sont conscients que ces changements représentent des étapes difficiles et les vocaux, tout tendres qu’ils soient, ne cherchent pas à le dissimuler. CE disque n’est pas un album indie pop pour le gamins ; si il en conserve les attributs comme les guitares en carillon il y ajoute une appréhension de cette vraie vie faite de mélancolie, de sommeil, de voix honnêtes et dont le résultat est un mix parfait entre mélodie et bruit.

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Luxembourg Signal at Music Won’t Save You

Oltre ai pionieristici tentativi di catturare frequenze notturne in onda media (che tempi!), a una prima lettura la denominazione The Luxembourg Signal potrebbe non raccontare molto di quanto racchiude al suo interno. Si tratta, di fatto, di una band al debutto, anche se i curricula artistici dei suoi componenti vengono da lontano, tanto da aver permesso loro di vivere i tempi nei quali la radio rappresentava un fondamentale veicolo di diffusione musicale, ma soprattutto di scrivere nel corso degli ultimi due decenni importanti pagine di quell’indie-pop che affondava le proprie radici nell’esperienza-culto della Sarah Records. Non a caso ben tre dei cinque membri della nuova band – Beth Arzy, Johnny Joyner e Brian Espinosa – hanno militato negli Aberdeen e la stessa Beth Arzy è stata per anni la voce femminile degli indimenticabili Trembling Blue Stars.

Con tali premesse, è facile mettere a fuoco la natura della dieci tracce dell’omonimo esordio di The Luxembourg Signal, carezze agrodolci per cuori sottilmente nostalgici ma che pulsano al presente, senza rimpianti dei tempi che furono. E in effetti il lavoro si atteggia a breve ma esaustivo catalogo di reminiscenze del pop chitarristico nineties, ricchissimo di sfumature wave e sottilmente psichedeliche. Senza appiattirsi su nessun riferimento in particolare, il quintetto passa con disinvolta naturalezza dai vortici elettrici pesantemente effettati del granitico incipit “Dying Star” e di “We Go On” (echi di Ride e Spiritualized, per chi amasse le citazioni) ai sogni ad occhi aperti a suon di jingle jangle di ”Distant Drive” e “Let It Go” alle dolcezze di purissimo indie-pop di “Heaven” e del singolo “She Loves To Feel The Sun”, con quest’ultima in particolare in grado di far rivivere, attraverso il cantato della Arzy, le uggiose atmosfere dei Trembling Blue Stars.

Come dimostrano le varie “First Light”, “Drowning” e “Swimming Pool”, le sonorità del disco permangono tuttavia in prevalenza piuttosto dense e volte a una visionaria immediatezza d’impatto, invece conseguita piuttosto dalla scorrevolezza di melodie senza tempo. Proprio in queste ultime risiede l’essenza più apprezzabile del lavoro, quella che restituisce maggiormente il senso del nuovo progetto artistico di un gruppo musicisti navigati, che non si accontentano di rispecchiarsi nel proprio passato ma dimostrano ancora una volta di possedere la sensibilità necessaria per reinventarsi, pur sempre sotto la stella polare di un indie-pop robusto e raffinato.

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Luxembourg Signal at Aimless Skylarking

Truth be told, I started Aimless Skylarking mainly as a way to get photo passes. Since I was going to lots of gigs, combining music and my photography hobby just made sense to me. After buying tickets and sorting out arrangements, I’d contact the artist/band or their press agent and request a photo pass with an offer of a few free photos for social media while I built my portfolio. I heard lots of no’s along the way though, which was no big deal to me. You can’t hear a no if you don’t ask.

Anyway, over the course of my first year here, Aimless Skylarking has morphed in to something I wasn’t entirely prepared to handle. Now I am overwhelmed with e-mail and messages from artists and publicists requesting reviews or inclusion of their material on Aimless Skylarking. Believe me, it is a good problem to have considering the email inbox was old Mother Hubbard bare those first few months. But it also means I am behind. And I am fine with that, speediness doesn’t mix well with my aimless and skylarking personality. Besides, I like to think that popping in a few weeks after the press buzz of a hot new single is just as beneficial. Today’s Song of the Day is one of those cases.

The Luxembourg Signal’s press agent sent me their debut LP going on two months back, and I’m just now getting around to writing about their lead track, ‘Distant Drive’. The band features members who have been playing together for years as part of several different bands — Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford. Their debut LP is out now on Shelflife Records, 10 perfectly crafted pop songs in all. I want more!

‘Distant Drive’ is a cool summer night dreamy shoegazy pop masterpiece, stream it below, it’s the Song of the Day!

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Luxembourg Signal at Soul Kitchen

Les Luxembourg Signal sont les champions toutes catégories du grand écart.
Premièrement, Beth Arzy, Johnny Joyner et Brian Espinosa (la sainte trinité du groupe Aberdeen) sont la partie américaine du projet. Quant à Betsy Moyer, elle assure le quota anglais et a posé sa voix sur les dix titres lors d’un voyage chez ses amis américains.
Deuxièmement, voir Dale Crover en liberté conditionnelle des Melvins venir filer un coup de main à des amoureux de dream pop, ce n’est pas tous les jours…

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Luxembourg Signal at Poet’s Sound

Οι The Luxembourg Signal αποτελούν την συνέχεια των Αberdeen με την προσθήκη μελών από Τrembling  Blue Stars. Αυτό φυσικά αρκούσε να μου κινήσει το ενδιαφέρον για το ηχητικό αποτέλεσμα της σύνθεσης αυτής. Το πρώτο single του άλμπουμ “Distant Drive” σίγουρα “δείχνει” προς την dream pop των Αberdeen, ένα εκπληκτικό κομμάτι με τα γλυκά κι αναλλοίωτα φωνητικά της Beth Arzy να μας προδιαθέτουν πως η συνέχεια θα είναι ακόμα καλύτερη. Τα ” θορυβώδη” για τα δεδομένα των Aberdeen, “Dying Star'” και “Drowing”, σίγουρα δείχνουν την εξέλιξη του group στα dream pop-shoegaze μονοπάτια…το “Heaven” και το “She Loves To Feel The Sun” κινούνται  σε πιο pop ρυθμούς κάνοντας εμφανή τη στιχουργική και τη συνθετική ωρίμανση της μπάντας.
Το “Unphased” είναι ένα σύντομο intrsumental που αποτελεί το lead in του υπέροχου και εντελώς aberdeen-οειδές “We Go On”, ενώ στα “First Light”, “Let It Go” είναι εμφανείς για άλλη μια φορά οι shoegaze επιρροές της μπάντας. Tο “The Luxembourg Signal” είναι ο αγαπημένος μου δίσκος για το 2014. χωρίς ιδιαίτερο promotion, χωρίς διαφήμιση, με εμφανή απουσία από μουσικά site και περιοδικά οι luxembourg signal μας δείχνουν τι σημαίνει αυτό που λέμε pop, dream pop, shoegaze, indie pop μουσική …και το σημαντικότερο από όλα: γιατί αγαπάμε (σε βαθμό λατρείας) την sarah…

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Luxembourg Signal at Unpopular

Was there a more handsome record this year than the eponymous debut set by The Luxembourg Signal? With its icicle blue translucent vinyl and its classy, classic Saville-esque sleeve this was a record that reminded me of the magic of the physical artefact. The fact that the vinyl sold out within a breath of its release tells you that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. It helped of course that the music on the grooves sounded every bit as handsome.
We’d been tipped to the probability of a magical album early in the year by the brilliance of lead single ‘Distant Drive’. Some say it was the finest single of the year and they may well be right in that, for with its sparkling guitar lines and motorik rhythm it was one of those records that sounds exactly as its title suggests it ought. Now having spent the majority of life being unable to drive I suspect I have never truly understood the meaning of ‘driving music’. Yet having been behind the wheel for only eight months I would instantly aver that The Luxembourg Signal make a sound that is more custom built for driving (or for travelling in general) than anything much else I can think of. Certainly on an Autumnal afternoon driving the lanes of Haldon forest it was perfection itself.
That notion of travelling was also captured perfectly in the video for the gorgeous ‘We Go On’, with its clips of train, plane, car and bus trips including the truly magical Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and the wind turbines from the San Gorgiono pass on the way from LA to Palm Springs. With strong personal memories of both places so firmly rooted in my heart it was perhaps inevitable that I would fall in love with both the song and the film. Perhaps too it was inevitable that the feeling of distance and movement permeated the record so deeply, given that the recording of the album was essentially a transatlantic juggling act. And fitting too that the idea of sun kissed desert space meeting dense urban conurbation melded so neatly.
Nowhere was the darkness of the combination better illustrated than on album opener ‘Dying Star’. With it’s Spirea X groove and ‘For Keeps’ space rock guitars, it sounded spectacular, like an enormous collision of matter and anti-matter, which is to say exactly as it ought. One could imagine it as an extended, trippy remix spanning an entire side in a Loop-like or ‘Higher Than The Orb’-like trance. It really was that fine. And yet, and yet, to have done so on this record would be to have missed the point and to that we must give The Luxembourg Signal credit for taking care to reign in the impulse to stretch too far. For it was that precise contrast between the darkness and the light (it is followed on the album by ‘Distant Drive’); the collision between apparently contrasting yet subtly similar moods that made the album such a treasure.

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Luxembourg Signal at Canal Blog

Un premier album éponyme composé de solides morceaux pop construits autour de belles mélodies.Rien à jeter dans cet album les mélodies nous imprègnent et nous happent tandis que la voix éthérée de Beth Arzy nous berce et nous conduit, comme toujours, au septième ciel.

 

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Luxembourg Signal at Leonard’s Lair

With former members of Aberdeen and Trembling Blue Stars making up their band and a Mighty Lemon Drop on production duties, you could be forgiven for believing that The Luxembourg Signal are trying to capture a feeling which started twenty years ago. In truth that’s not a bad prediction for there are large chunks of this debut album which could have been made two decades ago.

Nevertheless the album starts with a surprise as the heavy ‘Dying Star’ aligns a psychedelic droning groove to jangly guitars. A distinctly breezier ‘Distant Drive’ and ‘She Loves To Feel The Sun’ are perhaps more expected fare from the kind of sensitive artists who used to be on Sarah Records. The girly cooing of Beth Arzy and Betsy Moyer are an integral part to the innocent charm of the music but the presence of male vocals on ‘First Light’ and the bruising menace of ‘Drowning’ are a welcome counterpoint halfway through the album. It is undoubtedly the darker tracks which linger longest in the memory, not least the propulsive New Order-like pull of ‘We Go On’ and ‘Wishing Pool’ whilst there is a insouciant indie vibe running through the veins of choice cuts ‘Heaven’ and ‘Let It Go’.

Much like recent comebacks by The Wake and (another act to feature Trembling Blue Stars members) The Occasional Keepers, these bands have picked up where their old ones left off. This means The Luxembourg Signal’s songs are still as wistfully melodic as their erstwhile bands.

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Primitives, Luxembourg Signal, Close Lobsters, and Lunchbox at Linear Tracking Lives

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Luxembourg Signal at Whisperin and Hollerin

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