Posts Tagged ‘distant drive’

Luxembourg Signal at Linear Tracking Lives!

For fans of Sarah Records, it’s been a year to reminisce and rejoice. So far there has been an art exhibit, a documentary film and a book announcement. Looking back is all well and good, and it’s certainly wonderful to see Sarah receive accolades in a way it never did when it existed, but let’s not forget there are still some label alums making great music in 2014. For starters, check out ‘Cornish Love Songs’ from the Hit Parade and ‘Kick to Kick’ from the Steinbecks. (That’s the Sugargliders’ Josh and Joel Meadows.)

Back in the spring I heard a most wonderful piece of dreampop. The single “Distant Drive” had a timeless sound — familiar but fresh at the same time — full of soaring guitars and a just a hint of shoegaze sensibilities. Wow, who were these guys? Turned out I did know the Luxembourg Signal. Three members of the band were from Aberdeen, a Sarah band that, gasp, came from right here in America. It’s kind of like Go-Betweens on Postcard. Geography be damned. They were, simply, a fine fit. If you were a fan of those Sarah days, the impending full-length release will be right up your alley, but this is no retread. Expect a slightly louder, darker and more mature affair.

The album was due for a Sept. 30 release, via the always dependable Shelflife Records, but a delay in the delivery of the vinyl has pushed the date back to Oct. 21. This is becoming an old story as the scarce number of vinyl pressing plants struggle to keep up. Tough not to have mixed feelings about that development, but that’s a story for another day. I’m going to spend the rest of the week on more new releases and reissues. They are coming fast and furious now. In the meantime, here are a couple of real gems from the Luxembourg Signal. Preorder now!


Luxembourg Signal at God Is In the TV

Dream-pop Supergroup The Luxembourg Signal take us on a ‘Distant Drive’ for our awesome track of the day. Spiralling off into the galaxy like a rotating, lit up comet, fired by drum shots, electric cartwheeling guitars and lashed by the hypnotic allure of Beth Arzy’s shimmering vocals, as she stares into the middle distance and contemplates what it’s all worth(“I am here life gets better”). Like the meeting point between the swoonesome pop ofthe Sundays, the intergalactic gaze of Spaceman 3 and the achingly bittersweet landscapes of Mazzy Star. Gorgeously otherworldly pop!

It’s lifted from their sumptuous new album available via Shelflife on September 30th on limited edition vinyl, cd and digital formats. The first 100 LP pre-orders direct from the label website will be available in electric blue vinyl.


Luxembourg Signal at Big Takeover

Although a brand new project, The Luxembourg Signal features members who have been playing together for years as part ofAberdeen (one of the few American acts on the U.K.‘s Sarah Records). Several years, several bands — including long-running LA indie-pop band Fonda and London’s Trembling Blue Stars — and a few reunions later, Johnny JoynerBeth Arzy andBrian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford.

The band’s eponymous debut, due out September 30 on Shelflife Records, was recorded by David Newton (ex-Fonda andThe Mighty Lemon Drops) at Rollercoaster Recording and mixed by Mark Rains at Station House Studio. Dream-pop fans take note — you’re gonna love this.


Luxembourg Signal at Bloodbuzzed

What a curriculum our guest has! A Sarah Records MUST-LISTEN and criminally underrated band? Check. She was the lead singer of Aberdeen. A wonderful cult group? Check. She was a core member of Trembling Blue Stars. A charming indiepop project, featured in our “discoverer series”? Check. Charlie Big Time. And a exciting, not to miss 2014 new adventure, also praised at Bloodbuzzed, with a flamboyant self-titled album courtesy of our dear friends at Shelflife Records about to see the light of day. Check, check, check. She is part of The Luxembourg Signal. Indiepop, dreampop, shoegaze… plus an investigator & team secretary at the Ghost Finder Paranormal Society, a professional organization reporting poltergeists and supernatural phenomena across the UK. Here we go!

1. First record that you bought (be honest)

Well, I guess technically it would be a Leif Garrett best of, 8 track tape that I won at the fair. I paid 10 cents to throw a ping pong ball into a fish bowl so I got the fish and Leif Garrett. The first time I bought records with my pocket money, I bought 3 singles at the mall: ‘Queen of Hearts’ by Juice Newton, ‘Modern Love’ by David Bowie and ‘Sail On’ by The Commodores.

2. First and last concert you have attended (be honest too!)

First concert I went to (my Father took me) to a little festival in Florida to see The Monkees (1985-6?). My last concert was seeing the German band To Rococco Rot here in London. It was AWESOME.

3. Guilty pleasure (song/band you shouldn’t like but you do, yes, it’s the embarrassing question)

At the moment, Bobby is saying ‘The Beautiful South‘ to me, but I’m not really embarrassed about any of the bands I love. People make fun of me for liking The Wonderstuff and Pop Will Eat Itself and Jesus Jones, but I tell you what… I went to see them (all 3) last year, by myself, and had a whale of a time!! I love Helen Reddy and I love Skinny Puppy. No pleasure is guilty, just pleasure.

4. Most precious music item you own (collector mode on)
That’s easy. I have a maraca signed by Mickey Dolenz! Bobby played them on his new record! I’ve never let a single soul touch them before. 

5. Favorite lyrics (not yours)

And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time.” (From ‘Wichita Lineman‘ by Glen Campbell)

6. Musician/s you would like to meet (should be alive, for obvious reasons, but you can choose a dead one too)

I think I’ve met most of my favourites (some good, some BAD). I’d have to say Jeff Tweedy, as he’s such a great songwriter and seems like a good guy to have a coffee with. If we’re talking dead… I’d love to meet Florian Fricke. WHAT a talent. OH GOD… David Bowie. Nearly forgot. I would DIE, but not before snogging his face off.

7. Favorite artwork album (not yours)
Oingo Boingo’s ‘Only a Lad’ EP. It’s one of the Louis Wain cats. I’d love to have it as a tattoo but that’s a lot of scraping.

8. Books or movies? Depending on your answer recommend us one (trick: you can choose both) 
Depends on the mood. I just saw ‘Boyhood’, which was great, but I’m reading Sebald’s ‘The Rings of Saturn’ at the moment, which I’m enjoying very much. I’m normally reading books on high strangeness but need to break away from that every once in a while.

9. Release (of yours) you are most proud of
I’d have to say the Robert Hampson remix of ‘The Light Outside‘ by Trembling Blue Stars. It’s a remix of a TBS song called ‘Half-Light’ and an instrumental called ‘Outside’. He deconstructed the actual song and put it back together with Hampson aplomb. Every sound/note he used, he took from our original track, but put his stamp all over it when he put it back together. It’s beautiful. I cried the first time I played it. He told me “it’s like Big Star in space”. I’m so proud to have something out there that he’s touched.

10. What’s does it mean indie for you? (yes, the “serious question”)
I suppose I think of independent labels. Small labels like Touch Records that do everything themselves and have never sold up to a major.

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living in Shetland. Surrounded by sheep and sea and quiet.


Luxembourg Signal

The Luxembourg Signal. LA-based, this fantastic new project means the birth of a super-band, featuring members from the great Aberdeen or, most recently, Fonda and Trembling Blue Stars. The origins of the group can be traced almost ten years before, but only after several reunions Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford, recording the tunes each time Beth visited the States. After the 7″ single ‘Distant Drive’ released in April 2014 by our dear friends of Shelflife Records, on September 30th their debut, self-titled album, will arrive. 10 rich tunes combining dreampop, glimmering pop with a darker twist, shoegazing textures and a talent to knack unbeatable melodies within the noise and guitar drones. Spectacular.


Luxembourg Signal at POP! Stereo

The Luxembourg Special while being a new band on paper really aren’t and features members that have been playing for years if not decades under other guises. From Aberdeen to Fonda to Trembling Blue Stars and who knows what in between the members of Luxembourg Special have spent some time in the indie pop trenches and learned a thing or two about writing a great pop song. As if to prove that point that’s where Luxembourg Special’s debut single comes into play. 

Distant Drive is a gorgeous two song slice of indie pop pie that tastes like a bit of Siouxsie and the Banshees, “Hong Kong Garden,” blissed out on Robin Guthrie and then mixed with The Heartthrobs early output. Confused? Don’t be, the single is dreamy, lush, and ethereal. Guitars swirl, synths wash over you and vocals sigh gently into your ears all the while implanting hooks into your brain that hypnotize you into pop submission. The whole thing is warm and fuzzy and ridiculously good and with Luxembourg Special’s pedigree how could it not be? This is dream pop re-born and while I love all the bands that the Luxembourg Special have been in, something just grabs me about them this time around that gives me goosebumps. These guys are great and for a debut single, they’ve just about knocked it out of the ballpark.


Luxembourg Signal at Innocent Words

This two-song release from The Luxembourg Signal – “Distant Drive” and “Wishing Pool” – is a spacey blend of mature indie pop. Comprised of members of Aberdeen, this debut is curious, but not exactly revolutionary.

The A-Side, “Distant Drive” is the more compelling of the two tracks, but both feature jangly guitars, strong synthesizers and dreamy vocals, courtesy of Beth Arzy. While it is likely not enough to win over those who aren’t already fans of twee pop, this side project is bound to find plenty of love from Aberdeen’s regular crowd.


Luxembourg Signal and Close Lobsters at Tuning Into The Obscure

Close Lobsters – Kunstwerk in Spacetime EP – Shelflife

A new single by long-time rockers, Close Lobsters!  “Kunstwerk” is the German word for “work of art,” and I’d say that’s exactly what the band has to offer here.  A brilliant blend of indie pop, indie rock and jangle meet up with flawless songwriting and engaging instrumentation.  I tried to draw some comparisons to other groups to nail down their sound and it wound up being more of a case where this band is rather unique; there are hints of influences for sure but they definitely wave their own flag.  This is a great single and it’s great to see the band is still jamming after all of these years! (4.9 out of 5)

The Luxemburg Signal — Distant Drive – Shelflife

As the needle drops, I’m hit with sweet indie pop that reminds me right away of Splendora, Breeders and Beth Orton and a pinch of Veruca Salt.  Two very strong and entrancingly accessible tracks mark this strong debut 7 inch.  And go ahead and call me crazy but I swear I hear a hint of REM on the b-side, which of course makes me LOVE this all the more!  Flawless debut! Ultra eager to hear more! (5 out of 5)


Luxembourg Signal at Not UnLoved

A solid contender for Single of the Year So Far.  It’s been out for a couple of months but I just broke my ‘no vinyl from the US due to prohibitive postal rates’ rule to get it so it’s current for me.  Beth Arzy from Sarah Records group Aberdeen is a member; I loved them, too.  That guitar line is a dream and a half and the vocals, well, they’re Belgian chocolate sprinkles.


Luxembourg Signal at Burning World

Shelflife presents the debut single from The Luxembourg Signal featuring “Distant Drive” b/w “Wishing Pool” coming April 29th on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.
The Luxembourg Signal, while being a brand new project, features members who have been playing together for years as part of the much adored Aberdeen (Sarah Records). Several years, several bands — including most recently Fonda andTrembling Blue Stars — and a few reunions later, Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa started The Luxembourg Signal with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford. They have created a spacier, noisier, and more mature sound that occasionally harkens back to their early 90s roots. Piecing together almost ten years of ideas and nabbing any recording time possible with Beth when visiting Los Angeles from the UK, their debut is finally here. Six minutes and 25 seconds of pure-pop bliss that is the perfect teaser to their upcoming full length coming in late summer 2014 on Shelflife.

Distant Drive” is a song you will have an immediate love affair with and is easily one of the singles of the year. It makes us so happy to hear Beth’s dreamy vocals once again united with Johnny’s jangly guitars and Brian’s Wake-like rhythms. The B-side “Wishing Pool” is a demo recorded at an earlier Broiler Room session that we are pleased to have the opportunity to share on this release. Betsy is featured on lead vocals and her melodies tug at your heartstrings while the surfy guitars swell and float above the subtle synth orchestration.

The band also managed to take some time off recording to perform live supporting Shelflife labelmates The Ocean Blue in Los Angeles.