Opening with ''Til I Die', a Beach Boys cover with a dreamy kind of Flaming Lips meets Blur circa Think Tank album vibe; composer, songwriter, producer and musician Devonté Hynes, better known as Lightspeed Champion, immediately evidences his 'Bye Bye' EP as a multi-timbral, experimental offering. Combining strummed acoustic guitar, bass and drums with squelching low synths over which dreamy chorused vocals meander, Lightspeed Champion offers his version of ''Til I Die' as a weird hallucinogenic blend.
Onto 'Underwater There Is Nothing', a reworking of a similarly titled track from his February-released album, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You, there's a contrasting feel; one which blends a hectic and uncomfortable, meandering accompaniment and prominent hi-hat punctuation with weary vocals. Certain sections of the track sound luscious, well-arranged parts with Latin/Bossa feel contrasting smoother sections; yet in other sections, the hectic instrumentation almost smothers the vocal melody. Throughout both 'Underwater There Is Nothing' and 'Bye Bye Icarus' which follows, interjections of strings and particularly accordion bring a kind of continental feel to the tracks. Again, the busy accompaniment of 'Bye Bye Icarus' suffocates the largely spoken (rather than sung) vocals, except for glimpses where strings and/or accordion double or imitate the vocals.
Continue reading: Lightspeed Champion, Bye Bye EP Review
Domino Records have just announced the details of Lightspeed Champion's May tour, starting off on May 1st playing the Stylus at Leeds University as part of Live At Leeds, the tour will continue for ten other dates around the UK. All dates will feature the full band. May 10th will also see the release of the new single Madame Van Damme taken from his second album, Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You.
Continue: Lightspeed Champion - Madame Van Damme
Review of Lightspeed Champion's second album Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You released through Domino.
Continue reading: Lightspeed Champion, Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You Album Review
Galaxy of the Lost
Continue reading: Lightspeed Champion, Galaxy of the Lost, Single Review