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Long Distance Song Effects
     

Long Distance Song Effects

by Goldheart Assembly
 
Goldheart Assembly took three years to follow up their winsome, folky debut album Wolves & Thieves, and the time away paid off: Long Distance Song Effects keeps the jangly hooks and soaring harmonies but takes a looser, more creative approach that's often a little stranger and a lot more interesting. A strong '70s vibe permeates the album's orchestral

Overview

Goldheart Assembly took three years to follow up their winsome, folky debut album Wolves & Thieves, and the time away paid off: Long Distance Song Effects keeps the jangly hooks and soaring harmonies but takes a looser, more creative approach that's often a little stranger and a lot more interesting. A strong '70s vibe permeates the album's orchestral rock-inspired arrangements and instrumentation; perhaps paradoxically, this vintage feel results in some of the band's freshest and most inspired songs yet. With its achingly beautiful melody and slow-building grandeur, "Stephanie and the Ferris Wheel" recalls the lavish pop of pre-disco Bee Gees; "Behind This Lonely Sun" boasts the kind of leisurely drama that graced many of Elton John's ballads. Elsewhere, Long Distance Song Effects feels like Goldheart Assembly kicked things up a notch or two in general, emphasizing the previously subtle psychedelic sound effects that decorated their debut and indulging in textural interplay like the twinkling harp and gently fuzzy guitars on "Harvest in the Snow." Likewise, the band develops the flair for the intimate-yet-flamboyant songwriting they displayed on Wolves & Thieves standouts like "So Long, St. Christopher" with "Billy in the Lowground," "Into Desperate Arms," and especially "Sad Sad Stage," which includes lyrical details like "I'm lost like a young man's child" in its anthemic sweep. Sometimes things feel a little slicker than necessary, but most of the album shows how well Goldheart Assembly have expanded their sound and songwriting without losing any of the catchiness that made Wolves & Thieves so appealing. The control and variety they display throughout Long Distance Song Effects shows that Goldheart Assembly have come into their own here.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2013
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099901990522
catalogNumber:
0199052

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Performance Credits

Goldheart Assembly   Primary Artist
James Dale   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
James Ingham   Double Bass
Warren Zielinski   Violin
John Herbert   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Bowed Cymbals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Rachel Robson   Viola
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Kyle Hall   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Manon Grandjean   Horn Engineer
Tobi Gmür   Horn Engineer
Jake Bowser   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Portasound
Dominic Keshavarz   Guitar
Nicky Francis   Guitar,Percussion,Cello,Drums,Harp,Vocals,Orchestral Percussion
Alex Mattinson   Clarinet
Mira Heller   Harp,Vocals
Mark Thomas   Trumpet
Luzia Bucheli   Vocals
Louisa Pestell   Oboe
Chrissie Ranson   French Horn

Technical Credits

Goldheart Assembly   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork
Austen Jux Chandler   Vocal Engineer
Alex Beitzke   Vocal Engineer
Tobi Gmür   Producer,Engineer
Sophia Stocco   Artwork,Images
Ralph Hunter-Menzies   Paintings
Hush Paz   Vocal Engineer

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