New from At The Helm Records is a fantastic mini-album – 8 tracks, four from The Dreaming Spires on the a-side and four from friends, Sid Griffin & Tony Poole, Co-Pilgrim, The Hanging Stars and The Raving Beauties on the flip side.
Three of The Dreaming Spires tracks were recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, the fourth Silverlake Sky was written on Sunset Strip during a band tour before being recorded back home in Oxfordshire with a vintage Eko 12-string acoustic.
The album is available digitally as well as lovely vinyl from the fine folks At The Helm Records.
25 Personal Best – Arnos Vale
23 Jennie Vee – Spying
22 Kontiki Suite – The Greatest Show On Earth
21 Reichenbach Falls – The Traitor Shore
20 Paper Aeroplanes – Joy
19 Piney Gir – mR hYDE’S wILD rIDE
18 Mammoth Penguins – Hide & Seek
17 Craig Finn – Faith in the Future
16 Case Hardin – Colours Simple
15 The Dreaming Spires – Searching for the Supertruth
14 The School – Wasting Away and Wondering
13 Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
12 Owl & Mouse – Departures
11 The Manhattan Love Suicides – More Heat! More Panic!
10 Bully – Feels Like
9 Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
8 Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary
7 The Treasures of Mexico – Holding Pattern
6 Kid Wave – Wanderlust
In the few days before I started to write this post the music news was full of the rather farcical judgement in favour of Marvin Gaye’s family by a US court surrounding the alleged plagiarism of the great mans song Got to Give It Up by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, if this is a test case for future suing and counter-suing, and I was Oxford brothers Robin and Joe Bennett then I’d maybe be expecting a few letters in the post from various legal representatives of the great and good of the music business as the siblings latest album, recorded with Jamie Dawson (drums and percussion) and Nick Fowler (guitars) as The Dreaming Spires, at one point or another sounds like any number of songs from the past, whether they originate from the West Coast of the US, South East of Glasgow or Muswell Hill.
The truth of the matter is that despite the surface familiarity that manifests itself throughout this album, revealing and uncovering its influences and inspirations, that in order to convey a true reverence to the past then the resulting songs must resonate in the here and now with a deeper level of appreciation – in their quest for the supertruth The Dreaming Spires have reinforced the point that there are only really two types of music and this ten song collection falls into the ‘good’ category – highly recommended and what’s more it available in a rather nice vinyl package too from the guys at Clubhouse Records
The Dreaming Spires – Dusty in Memphis