New Music of the Day – LIII : The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower – White Lilac

10511341_482074355276738_7671521640346479499_nWhite Lilac have come a long way in a short space of time, not least musically. With  Faye Rogers early solo work now a distant yet pleasant memory, the band that formed around that work now help her head down a more mesmerising path. Working with a sound palette that roams between Joy Division’s angular melancholy and Cocteau Twins dreamscapes, The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower shows that even within those parameters they find plenty of room to create a truly unique sound.

A homage to Audrey Hepburn seems the perfect subject matter for the band, both lyrically and musically, and the gradual phasing in of Faye’s saxophone is perfect here to create a sonorous Parisian vibe. Strings sweep, vocals swoon, beats act as occasional punctuation marks and guitar lines merely provide a bed for atmospherics and sensuality to lay down on. A perfect second single.

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About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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