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W. H. Lung - Vanities (Indies Only Coloured Vinyl) (Melodic Records)

$21.00

RELEASED: 3rd September 2021
Indies Only Translucent Yellow Vinyl LP

Format:  Indies Only Translucent Yellow Vinyl LP & CD
Cat No:  MELO131LPM

*PLEASE NOTE: There is a small bump on a corner of the copies we are selling and so the sleeve is graded NEAR MINT

Follow Up To 2019s Critically Acclaimed Debut LP 'Incidental Music' - a vivacious concoction of krautrock, synth pop and infectious grooves which topped end of year lists, with the likes of Piccadilly Records and Resident both naming it album of the year. However, it quickly became apparent that a repeat performance was of no interest to the band. “At the beginning it felt like every new idea could’ve just been on Incidental Music,” remembers Tom. “They weren’t bad ideas, but they didn’t feel new. I don’t think we knew where we wanted to go but we were 100% sure on it not being Incidental Music part 2.”

Things soon burst to life however and a period of profound creativity, musical intuition, bold innovation and near total musical rebirth came forth. “I was in the best place of my life,” says Joe Evans. “I was like a slot machine putting in wellbeing currency and jackpotting this album. Words and melodies were coming so quick and easy. Tom was sending tunes across and I was having a lot of fun playing around with a new way of singing which was freer, more expressive, more instant and more melodic.”

The result is a record that is direct, punchy and potent. Merging silky vocals, strutting grooves, enveloping textures, and a sparkling blend of electronic and pop music. The album documents a period of change for the group. They lost a member in Tom Derbyshire, moved from Manchester to Todmorden and fell in love more with dance music and the shifting sense of community and inclusivity that came with these changes. “We have moved forward from the change with a new energy,” says Joe of Tom Derbyshire’s amicable exit to focus on filmmaking. “It was a challenge shifting the dynamic but we truly found our stride and Tom Sharkett and I have an absolutely beautiful working relationship.”

Perhaps most remarkable thing about the album - aside from the unflinching new sonic leaps it takes - is that the band have taken a dormant year void of live experiences, sweaty clubs, or anything resembling fun times, and have made an album that makes that world feel palpable – that you can crawl inside it. “Lockdown gave me the time to pour work into myself and out came this wonderful album,” reflects Joe. “It was strange at first and I missed seeing my mates and having a laugh and dancing but this album is a direct reflection of creative flow brought on by the space given by lockdown.”

Vanities is a very rare beast of a record: a lockdown album that feels bursting with vitality and the love, promise and transcendence of shared dance floor experiences. Just in time for when we crave those the most.

Reverse Board Outer Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve with Download Code on Translucent Yellow Vinyl with large double sided fold out poster and Bonus Mix CD

TRACKLISTING:

1. Calm Down
2. Gd Tym
3. Pearl in the Palm
4. Ways of Seeing
5. ARPi
6. Showstopper
7. Figure with Flowers
8. Somebody Like
9. Kaya