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Monday, 5 May 2014

Ellis Island

                                               Russian immigrants, Ellis Island, early 20th century

The new lp from Ellis Island Sound is quietly turning into one of my favourites of this year so far. One half of Ellis Island Sound is Pete Astor (The Loft, The Weather Prophets) but there's nothing remotely 80s Creation about Regions. This is rhythm led and takes it's influences from all over the place- skittering drums, horns borrowed from ska records, African sounding guitar parts, some dub bass, steel drums, glockenspiel, reminiscent of 1980 Talking Heads in tone. The single Intro, Airbourne, Travelling is excellent and out now. Posting any one single song doesn't really give an idea about how varied this album is either but try this one.

We Do Not

6 comments:

the customer service manager said...

Needed some new music. Saw this. Downloaded after listening to the iTunes previews.

Echorich said...

Pretty damn wonderful!!

phil spector said...

Oh aye! This gets a McCartney-esque double thumbs aloft.

phil spector said...

...and sod it, I've just bought it from iTunes. Could've waited until I was in a proper record shop 'n all that, but heaven knows how long that'll be. Haven't been this impulsive since I bought a Mega City 4 7" without hearing it. (Clear Blue Sky (Skies?), if you want to know).

Swiss Adam said...

Viva impulsiveness! Mega City Four were never really my cup of tea. Not that I ever knowingly heard them.

Echorich said...

Mega City 4! I liked Clown, but the singer's voice could do my head in after a while.