Teenage Fanclubin Gerard Loven sooloprojekti Lightships on IHANA!



Lighsthips on legendaarisen skotlantilaisen indiepop-veteraaniyhtye Teenage Fanclubin Gerard Loven ihana sooloprojekti ja Electric Cables on miehen ensimmäinen sooloalbumi.

Love on yksi Teenage Fanclubin kolmesta biisinkirjoittajasta ja monien mielestä jopa koko yhtyeen nerouden perusta bassonsoitollaan sekä biisinkirjoitustaidollaan.

Meillä Stupidoilla ollaan suuria Teenage Fanclub -faneja bändin hienoa uraa on seurattu alkumetreiltä 80-90-lukujen taitteessa mukana kasvaen – sooloprojektit eivät ikinä ole päässeet emobändin herkkyyden ja nerouden tasolle, mutta tämä Lightships taitaa tehdä ihanan poikkeuksen.

Electric Cables tarjoilee herkän ja kauniin popmaailman liitettynä 90-luvun surisevaan villapaitaindieen, Byrdsin-harmoniapoppiin – eli about täydellistä maailailu indiepoppia itse mestarilta ja niin kuin mestari vain sen osaa – levy sopii kevätaurinkoon, räntäsateeseen, iltaan ja aamuun eli toimii joka kelillä! Vakuuttaa Teenage Fanclub -fanit ensi soinnuilla ja tulee hurmaamaan monia uusia ystäviä, se on saletti!!

Levyllä soittaa Glasgow-indien neroista kasattu ryhmä poppareita: Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O’Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian)
Meikä on nostamassa levyä jo vuoden parhaaksi poplevyksi.

*Aleksi / Stupidot

“Fans of Gerard Love’s work with Teenage Fanclub will sigh contendedly at how Fanclubesque this album is. Every element is in place: Love’s diffident, uninsistent voice; quirky arrangements where the expected guitar is replaced by something else – a flute, a keyboard; those little repeated instrumental hooks that pick their way through a whole song; the autumnal mood, part regret, part contentment; that glorious way with a melody. Love’s songwriting is wholly distinctive.” 4/5 the guardian

“Were this album to have appeared without any background information, would listeners – especially younger ones – have guessed who had made it? I’ve no way of knowing of course, but there are plenty young musicians who are pleased to sound a little like Teenage Fanclub. In fact Lightships are Fanclub bassist Gerry Love and a small team of his Glasgow chums with backgrounds in Belle & Sebastian and The Pastels, as well as his own band, and at least two tracks on Electric Cables – Sweetness In Her Spark and Girasol – would sit very comfortably on a TFC album. Overall, though, it has its own distinct sunny sound – one coloured specifically by Love’s guitar and keyboard playing and the flute of Tom Crossley. It seems a time-free sonic world that owes as much to experiments in pop music from the late 1960s and early 1970s as to any current fashions, yet doesn’t sound in the least dated. Perhaps partly by accident then, it turns out to be a strong candidate for the soundtrack to the summer of 2012.” the Herald Scotland

‘s no secret that within Domino there is a lot of love for Teenage Fanclub, and that some members of staff have a special fondness for the songs of singer, songwriter and bassist, Gerard Love.  In recent times, Gerard has been very much part of The Pastels, who operate occasional Domino imprint, Geographic.  The idea of an album of Gerard Love songs burned for a long time until eventually label enthusiasm prevailed, and Gerard agreed that it was an idea that he too was excited about.

From the outset, Gerard was clear that he wanted to establish a group name for the record, a name that was evocative and ambiguous, that could somehow place the music within a slightly blurry and imagined context.  He didn’t want to give the impression that the record was just about him.  Having settled on the name, Lightships, he sought out a cast of Glasgow-based friends to play on the record that was starting to take shape in his head; Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O’Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian).

Liberated by a feeling that he had complete carte blanche to do whatever he wanted, Gerard came to a realisation that the key to the sound of the record would be tremolo, delay and flute. At times the record has the dynamics of a soundtrack, as one of Tom Crossley’s flute lines weaves into the ether and Gerard’s vocals bounce off each other. Or, as on “Sweetness In Her Spark”, the group lock into a relaxed and breezy groove that demands the windows be flung open.

Lightships is a name that perfectly captures the atmosphere of the music – sparkling and radiant and illuminated throughout by Love’s melodic gifts and taste for adventurous arrangements.  The overall sound, while as warm and immediate as the songs Gerard writes for Teenage Fanclub, is more free flowing and loose. “Muddy Rivers” is carried along on a wave of interlocked instrumentation while “Photosynthesis” is a hazy wash of flutes and echo.  On “Silver And Gold”, Gerard sings with a falsetto before a chorus of harmonies bursts into life.  With this music it’s as if he was looking to express something more personal, eccentric and introspective.

Electric Cables is an album of tender, observational songs, played with an invigorating and easy sense of purpose; the sound of friends enjoying one another’s company and allowing ideas and experiments to flourish.  It’s a complex and rewarding record that you’ll want to keep coming back to.  Slow illumination.