After taking a brief respite for KHI podcast#8 [link], we're coming to an end of my guest blog series, part of my second anniversary blogging celebrations. If you've lasted the distance, then bravo. If you haven't there will be a recap by the end of the week, as well as offering my favourite British album of the past two years. Then back to normal posts. But in the meantime, we have Tim of [The Daily Growl] (one of the most esteemed and actually rather good British music blogs) writing about Electrelane's last album:
The end of last year brought the news that Electrelane were going on "indefinite hiatus". I’m not totally sure what that means, but one thing that is certain is that there will be no more gigs and no new recordings for the foreseeable future, which is a great shame. But at least we’ve got 'No Shouts, No Calls', the fourth and possibly final Electrelane album which really is the pinnacle of their achievements so far.
As with their previous outings, Electrelane are equally at home on instrumentals as they are with vocals. They’re also pretty hot at these wordless vocal ah-ah type tunes as well. The harmonies are right on the button, the lyrics are interesting and emotive and there’s some of the best use of keyboards /piano/ organ that I’ve heard on a rock record in ages. I was asked to describe this album for a Blog Fresh Radio end-of-year feature, and I hurriedly and rather ineloquently said something like “It’s just a really good record with really great songs”. That’s not the sort of sentence that’s going to win any writing awards, but I’m not sure there’s much more to add. Just have a listen – it really is a wonderful album. The more I listen to No Shouts, No Calls, the more I believe it’s one of the best albums of this decade.
Electrelane - 'No Calls, No Shouts' (released 30th April 2007)
ELECTRELANE - TO THE EAST
Buy 'No Calls, No Shouts' from [Amazon.co.uk]