In June, London Plane will release sophomore album Bright Black, whose title is a good description of the Brooklyn band’s music. It’s dark and goth-y, but it’s also firmly rooted in pop. One of the standout tracks on the upcoming LP is “Francesco,” which was written last year after the band was to see Peter Murphy perform in NYC, but the Bauhaus frontman’s show was canceled after he had a heart attack. London Plane took it upon itself to pen a shadowy dance song inspired by Murphy.
“When stepping back and looking at a near-complete group of songs, we saw that Bright Black tended toward the subjects of political villains, cultural isolation and ecological devastation,” says songwriter/guitarist David Mosey. “So we felt it necessary to lighten it up a bit with a dance song about a levitating priest who displays the wounds of Christ. We’ve never had so much fun onstage as we do when performing Francesco. We may even switch to Italian for a verse or two, a nod to Padre Pio himself.”
We’re proud to premiere the video for the Mosey-directed “Francesco” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now.
On March 6, Brooklyn’s Kodacrome will release The Banff Sessions. The five-song EP finds vocalist Elissa LeCoque and keyboardist Ryan Casey expanding on their analog-synth-based sound by adding orchestral instruments to the mix. “Tender Exit” proves how hauntingly powerful this combination can be.
“Kodacrome had just received a grant to record a piano-redux EP at the Banff Centre in Canada,” says LeCoque. “We engineered a kernel of [‘Tender Exit’] in a sort of sketch format on just piano and upright bass while we were there, and later returned to NYC to arrange and layer in strings and clarinet. The finished song features grand piano, cello, viola, violin, bass clarinet and subtle analog synth pads.”
We’re proud to premiere the gorgeous, black-and-white, Alexander Christenson-directed video for “Tender Exit” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now.
We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Now that you’re awake again following your post-meal nap and the Falcons/Saints game is almost over, it’s time to celebrate with a song from MAGNET hero Ray Davies. Here’s a solo live clip of “Thanksgiving Day” from 2005. Read our cover-story Q&A with Ray done by Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan: