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Luxembourg Signal at Give it a Spin

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Luxembourg Signal at BuzzBands LA

Deep into the Luxembourg Signal’s self-titled album is the song “We Go On,” a dreamy four minutes of popgazing that evokes the sweet melancholy of Sarah Records bands and all the contemporary indie-poppers who have followed. There’s a literal truth to “We Go On” too — the Luxembourg Signal is comprised of members who were involved in the movement the first time around. The band features Johnny Joyner, Beth Arzy and Brian Espinosa, all of whom played in Aberdeen, along with Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford. The album was made at producer David Newton’s Rollercoaster studio in Burbank, with cameos by Aberdeen’s John Girgus and the Melvins’ Dale Crover. Alternately jangling and noisy, hopeful and grounded, spacey and focused, sunny and cloudy, the album embraces the conscious sentimentality of the best indie-pop: In other words, you hear pretty, but you think bittersweet. “The Luxembourg Signal” is out this week on Shelflife Records, with a limited run of electric blue vinyl.

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Luxembourg Signal at KEXP

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Luxembourg Signal at AllMusic

Following in the footsteps of Aberdeen, the band most of their members used to be in during the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Luxembourg Signal‘s debut album is solid indie pop built around strong melodies and lots of guitars. Unlike Aberdeen, there is a heavy dream pop-bordering-on-shoegaze influence and a much fuller, much more realized sound this time around, but the core strengths of the band — their emotionally rich songwriting and Beth Arzy‘s pure and sweet vocals — remain fully intact. Where Aberdeen sometimes sounded like a stiff wind could topple them, the Luxembourg Signal‘s sound has some real weight to it, with the guitars both electric and acoustic layered perfectly around shimmering keyboards and a steady rhythm section. Songs like the noisily grinding “Dying Star” or the lost-in-reverb “Drowning” show the benefits of this heavier approach. The songs that sound like they could have come from the Aberdeen years, like the perky “She Loves to Feel the Sun” or the twangy “We Go On,” have more impact thanks to the almost over-powerfully good sound. The songs themselves have a hazy, near nostalgic feeling that sometimes comes with the passing of time and growing older, “We Go On” definitely has this feel with its references to Smiths‘ songs, as does the very adult-skewing “Heaven” and the bummer ballad “Let It Go.” There’s a real sense that the members of the band are all too aware of the tough changes that come with growing older that comes through in the words, the tender vocals, and the overall sound of the record. This isn’t pop for kids, it’s made by and for grown-up indie kids who have been through some real life but still see the need for sleepy, melancholy, jangling guitars, honest voices, and the glorious result that comes from mixing melody and noise. The Luxembourg Signal isn’t ever going to be the flavor of the month, they’re more like comfort food, and that’s just fine.

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Luxembourg Signal at Trouble Zine

Atteso, tanto atteso e finalmente qui nelle mie mani. Il disco dei The Luxembourg Signal non delude e incanta con la sua valenza ipnotica e squisitamente pop.

Abbiamo già parlato dei componenti del gruppo, del loro glorioso passato (ex Aberdeen, Trembling Blue Stars, Fonda…) e del fatto che da gente così non ci si poteva che aspettare qualcosa di magico e quindi, trovare la conferma alle nostre speranze, beh, non può che farci piacere, ma sinceramente, non avevo dubbi.

Il disco dei The Luxembourg Signal diventa materia calda ed avvolgente, capace di emozionare con il feedback e toni più oscuri, così come con arpeggi delicati e solari. Due anime che si fondono, si rincorrono ed entrano sotto pelle, sublimandosi senza soluzione di continuità. E’ virgulto oscuro e popedelico Drowning che ha visto germogliare in sè i semi piantati dalla scuola Spiritualized o Spaceman 3, così come Dying Star, che apre l’album, è vera e propria esperienza mistica e sensoriale di space-rock: pop e distorsioni, luci e ombre in un brano che si accende più si va avanti, bisogna solo avere il coraggio di lasciarsi andare e di lasciarsi trasportare da quel flusso sonico.

Velluto sulla pelle In Let It Go, che gioca a creare l’atmosfera, accarezzando e procurando brividi e pelle d’oca con quel climax soave e i cori eterei.

Il guitar-pop viene celebrato in tutte le sue forme, con una padronanza assoluta dei mezzi e del respiro ritmico e melodico. Il dream-pop malinconico di Distant Drive, onde che s’infrangono sulla parte più sensibile del nostro sentire interno, l’incanto travolgente di We Go On che rapisce il cuore, l’esplosione iper-melodiosa di She Loves To Feel The Sun o la grazia purissima di Heaven, candida e cristallina: è un mondo magnifico in cui elevare altari a eroi come The Sundays o Mazzy Star è cosa buona, giusta e doverosa.

Non ho ancora parlato di First Light che è perla d’inestimabile valore. Uno di quei brani che da soli rendono un disco indimenticabile: la voce maschile e femminile che trovano il perfetto punto d’incontro, chitarre che segnano lievi tracce sulla sabbia prima e poi graffiano l’anima lasciando rabbiosi lividi e poi ancora brividi, occhi lucidi, Sarah Records, fotografie di un passato che ha segnato il cuore. Bisognerebbe essere grati agli dei della musica per canzoni simili, ma forse basta dire grazie ai The Luxembourg Signal che ci hanno fatto vivere un vero sogno.

Uno dei dischi dell’anno, con buona pace di gruppi come Flowers che un disco così se lo sognano giusto la notte.

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Luxembourg Signal at San Diego Reader

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Luxembourg Signal at Collective Zine

This one came into the review pile a couple of times so I thought I might as well review it. Apparently the album has been a bit delayed so we have a bit more time to review it…which is good as we do like to take our time on occasions while we are busy doing important stuff like watching TV, working, watching/talking about football, re-homing red-back spiders that appear on the BBQ, sitting around doing nothing and other such exciting pastimes. As revealed by Captain Fidanza last week, we only get £200 per review and that’s not always enough to tempt us into action. Last week I found a CD that I was sent in January 2013. It must have got misplaced in the shipping crates when I emigrated to Australia. By my reckoning I am now 21 months late with that one but I am determined to review it at some point. Maybe. I might do anyway – if you see a review of mine of a compilation featuring various UK indie bands you will know I have achieved my goal. Anyway, the mention of shoegaze in the blurb that came with this release also tempted me. Not only that, but this band features members with history dating back to the 90s in ex-Sarah Records band Aberdeen as well as Trembling Blue Stars who some people who read this site might be familiar with. The blurb also mentioned The Popguns – anyone remember them? One of my very first ever gigs was The Popguns playing at ULU with The Frank and Walters and The Cardiacs. There’s a useless fact for you. The opener “Dying Star” is a slow-burning hypnotic track and sets the stall out nicely for the listen ahead. There is a poppy side to the sound but there is enough distortion on the guitars to give this a shoegaze side too. It takes me back instantly to my teenage years, when Slough Festival threw together a bunch of shoegaze indie bands for a one-day festival, and, to days when the music press was talking about those bands as being part of The Scene That Celebrates Itself. Good to remember how daft they liked to get when talking about music and lumping stuff in together. Someone somewhere decided that The Mock Turtles fitted in nicely with bands like Ride, Lush and Slowdive – “Can you dig it?” This scene creation is not something the press has taken up recently with their Emo Revival gibberish – they’ve always done it. I’d been listening to what they called T-shirt bands around that time too – bands like Carter USM and Mega City Four who made great t-shirts and when you went to a gig everybody was wearing a t-shirt of one a number of bands from that so-called scene. I think that was the explanation for that one anyway. You could add Senseless Things, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself amongst others to that set. I’m going off at a tangent here. Let’s not forget Thousand Yard Stare either though. Also, it did make it easy to identify others into the same type of music and I made a lot of friends from other schools who would get the same train up to London as my friends and I as they were all wearing Mega City Four or Ned’s Atomic Dustbin t-shirts. If we hadn’t been wearing those band t-shirts some of those kids probably would’ve started on us or stolen our cans of Tennent’s Super or something but as it was we became friends.

Anyway, back to this band. Whilst shoegaze is an influence here there is a clean sound too which adds to the dream/indie pop sound going on here. The next track starts more upbeat, with jangly guitars and the vocals at the start in particular remind me of the female vocals in Belle & Sebastian – kind of light and airy. Nice song. The female vocals lead the majority of the tracks but there is a guy singing too and it’s a nice contrast. There is an early highlight too in “She Loves To Feel The Sun” which is gorgeous, tinged with sadness and pretty much everything I want from an indie pop song. One of the tracks on here features Dale Crover of The Melvins on drums by the way. It’s also worth noting that the members of this band are based in London and Los Angeles and I can only admire the fact that they can make this work from such a distance. I’ve enjoyed this – it’s taken me back a few years and off on some tangents. Thank you.

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Luxembourg Signal at Indie 30

A veteran group of transatlantic indie pop artists well known to each other and middle aged indie tragics everywhere recently came together to form a new dream pop band The Luxembourg Signal and are set to drop their impressive debut record on all formats next month. Formed from bands such as Aberdeen, Fonda and Trembling Blue Stars, Beth Arzy, Brian Espinosa, Johnny Joyner, Betsy Moyer and Ginny Pitchford form a powerful arsenal and have produced an album of 10 tracks that drift authoratively and futuristically through vintage forms of dream and twee pop, alt and noise rock and shoegaze. We’ve collated three tracks from the release, the chord driven ‘We Go On’, the melodious ‘She Loves To Feel The Sun’ and the first to feature earlier this year, the hard hitting ‘Distant Drive’. Originally slated for a release through Shelflife next week, the self titled debut has been pushed back to October 21. Pre-order the vinyl here.

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Luxembourg Signal at Austin Town Hall

Our friend over at IPSML hit this track before us, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give it some much deserved attention.  The Luxembourg Signal, comprised of former Aberdeen and Trembling Blue Stars members, released a great single on Shelflife earlier this year, and it looks like that will be the home for what’s to come.  There’s not a lot of information, as to whether it’s a new album or a new single, but if you’re heart’s not getting swept away listening to this dreamy pop tune, then you need to get to the doctor immediately; it’s broken!  We’ll keep you posted as we get more info, but for now, just delight in the simple joys of great pop songs.

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Luxembourg Signal at When You Motor Away

We featured the excellent two-track Distant Drive single from London/Los Angeles project The Luxembourg Signal in late April (link here).  Today, we have for you another song, “We Go On”, and a reminder that the group will release and album later this year.  Save your pennies — we think it will be good.

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