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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Space Escapade




Camera Obscura, Helen Love, The School, The Carrots, Fitness Forever, Speedmarket Avenue and more. 44 track Elefant Records compilation!




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Space Escapade

Elefant

Release Date: August 2011




Fabulous 2-CD compilation of the numero uno artists from Spain’s sweetest indie-pop label, Elefant, featuring: HELEN LOVE, SPEEDMARKET AVENUE, CAMERA OBSCURA, THE SCHOOL, NICK GARRIE, GIORGIO TUMA and more


Elefant Records has become something of a by-line when discussing 21st century indie-pop; its output loved from London to New York to Tokyo. It has also built itself up as one of Spain’s most regarded labels, issuing a plentiful amount of Spanish sang space-age bossa pop (Modular, Corazon and Cooper) as well as English speaking acts (Camera Obscura, The School, Trembling Blue Stars, Nick Garrie, The BMX Bandits – British), American (The Carrots), French (Spring) Swedish (Speedmarket Avenue) and Italian (Giorgio Tuma, Fitness Forever).Camera Obscura

Space Escapade
is packaged in the beautiful ’50s/60s styled Jetsons meets Gerald McBoing Boing cartoon
illustrations of Dupo – which really fit the timeless pop
tunes contained within. As an introduction to what Elefant is
about there isn’t a more fitting way to take off than
with these 44 carefully selected tracks.

So what is it that holds all of these acts together? And why should you listen? Fans of “pop music” cannot help but love the Elefant coterie. Pop is the key. There are no shouty vocals to be heard on Space Escapade. There’s next to no
musical showing off or an overbearing sense to impress or be
in your face. This is the sound of “pop music” – the type
heard on daytime radio in the golden days (roughly the mid-60s
through early-90s) when instant melody and catchy tunes
mattered.

Have you ever imagined THE BEATLES out partying with Caetano Veloso, dancing on a terrace to the notes of Joao Gilberto and Burt Bacharach? Well, that’s the sound of Giorgio Tuma. Music born from the sun! His two inclusions on Space Escapade well
and truly set neurone transmitters to smile! And if The Beatles have been mentioned, what about Scot stars Camera Obscura’s melancholic take on ABBA’s smash hit, ‘Super
Trouper’? Swansea’s finest pop-punk trio Helen Love offer two new tracks from their forthcoming Elefant album, with the second ‘I Love Indie Pop’ entirely summing up what this piece of press is trying to say. Swedish indie-rockers
Speedmarket Avenue were lucky enough to gain single of the week on Steve Lamacq’s show with the title track of their second album. ‘Way Better Now’ moves along at a rip roaring pace, recalling none other than early Teenage Fanclub. The School, Papa Topo, The Carrots and Anna & The Spectors all prove in varying ways their adoration of the glory days of Tamla Motown and The Ronnettes whilst Linda Guilala (ex Juniper Moon, another act beloved of Steve Lamacq) and a roll call of other artists look to the synth driven spiky pop of the ’80s. All have one thing in common, they make great hook-filled, memorable, pop music!



A few Spanish names, although less known outside of the Iberian Peninsula, shine like a warm day. Cooper are led by the leader of hit making mod ’90s group Los Flechazos. ‘Hyde Park’ recall an ’80s New Wave band playing Merseybeat, Elsewhere the space-age pop of Argentina’s Modular mixes Free Design-like vocals with Barry Gray’s late ’60s swinging TV themes, Fitness Forever pay tribute to Bacharach, ’60s unsung hero Nick Garrie returns and the dreamy and surreal Single turn in ‘Fotos’, which sounds like Joe Meek producing Sgt Pepper.


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Clockwise: Speedmarket Avenue,
Camera Obscura, The Carrots, Single



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