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Lucky Soul Prepares Sophomore Album for October

"T. Rex with insecurities and a disco string section."

Jun 30, 2009 Bookmark and Share

Britain’s favorite ’60s girl group/Motown enthusiasts are currently putting the finishing touches on their second full-length album, which is currently untitled and tentatively slated for October release. The band, which spent time in Sweden recording with Stockholm Strings, currently have 16 songs from which to choose and hope to have the album completely finished by July. Speaking with Under the Radar last month, songwriter/guitarist Andrew Laidlaw called the songs “lean and mean,” saying they were darker in lyrical content but “more direct.” Laidlaw said that the album will have fewer horns but more strings, along with additional instrumentation including mandolins, flutes, and more acoustic guitars.

The band have injected some new influences into the mix this time around, in hopes of avoiding any continued use of the retro tag this time around. The title track, and lead single, retains the wonderfully anachronistic feel of the band’s debut, 2007’s The Great Unwanted, yet sounds distinctly less precious and almost New Wave, with a string-enhanced disco-esque line creeping up midway through. On the band’s blog, Laidlaw describes other potential album cuts. “Warm Water” is described as “Carole King sing[ing] Neil Young’s ‘Birds’ with tremolo guitars and Scott Walker Death strings.” “Could Be I Don’t Belong Anywhere” is said to have a “Sam Cooke vs. Edith Piaf” vibe, and both Stax and The Clash are mentioned as touchstones for “Ain’t Nothin’ Like A Shame (To Bring It All Back Home).”

As Laidlaw put it: “It’s Lucky Soul with bigger muscles, like T. Rex with insecurities and a disco string section.”

Read the full interview with Lucky Soul here.



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