my city glittered like a breaking wave
There is just something about Luke Sutherland's projects that does it for me. Music A.M. is his latest. In it, he collaborates with Stefan Schneider of To Rococo Rot and Volker Bertelmann.
The mini album 'My City Glittered Like a Breaking Wave' on Quartermass is the latest excursion from the London/Duesseldorf trio and sees Music A.M. in playful and brooding mood. Slo-blo countrified vibes, methadone doo-wop for disco misfits, swan songs for ex-swingers, are set light by deep blue bass chords, whispering whirlpools of guitar and burbling micro funk. Even the surf licks and pop twists have a wistful and wintry abandonment. While the arrangements and minimal rhythms create a mood assuredly warm and embracing, Luke Sutherland's vocals oscillate between earthbound narration and sparkling voyages into the spheres.
You should also be made aware of Luke's previous work for Too Pure in Long Fin Killie and Bows. You may also recognize him from being the frequent violin player for Mogwai. Or perhaps you've read one of his books, Venus as a Boy, Jelly Roll, or Sweetmeat.
Music A.M. - Supercharger, I Adore You
Music A.M. - Elle