MELTING VINYL PRESENTS: THE FICTION AISLE + CRAYOLA LECTERN
The latest in a long-line of projects from the mind of Mercury Prize nominated Electric Soft Parade frontman Thomas White, The Fiction Aisle bring together a fine assortment of Brighton’s best musicians to create a truly glorious sound. It’s epic, progressive pop of the highest level.
The Fiction Aisle released their debut album, Heart Map Rubric, late in 2015 on Thomas’ own label imprint (Chord Orchard), garnering 6Music’s attention alongside a slew of glowing reviews for both the album and their live shows. Combining a love of classic song-writing, with hints of jazz and lounge, alongside schizophrenic nose-dives into the heavier territory explored by 70s prog rock, this unique group are not to be missed. Thomas’ band Electric Soft Parade were also Mercury Music Prize nominated on their debut album Holes In The Wall, produced by Chris Hughes and Mark Frith.
With lyrical pith, a brass section exploding when required, and adventurous polyrhythmic time signatures occasionally driving things along, this is big, cinematic, but personal music that’s hewn in the shadow of John Barry, John Grant, Lloyd Cole and the Last Shadow Puppets, yet is very much its own creature. – The Arts Desk
Support comes from: Crayola Lectern
2013 and Crayola Lectern finally hatched out of his eggy shell to bring the world the debut double album The Fall And Rise Of… after years of musical adventures with all sorts of legends and leg ends throughout the music world. 2017 and the follow up is completed.
Crayola Lectern himself is Worthing’s Chris Anderson, and his debut, is a melodic, warm cohesive piece of work. Presented with a frayed, understated grandeur and sophisticated, near-classical arrangements that hint at prog rock, but navigate that genre’s notoriously murky waters with unerring good taste. Led by piano rather than guitars, the compositions in fact err more, in their plentiful instrumental sections, towards the soft-jazz film scores of Henry Mancini or Neal Hefti.
‘An exquisitely eccentric debut album’ 8/10 Uncut Magazine
‘A warm, reflective and deeply human record. From Worthing, with love’ The Quietus
STANDING // AGES 14+ (UNDER 16’S TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)
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