'Quarantunes' with CHAMPS
In this new series we're getting recommendations from our favourite artists, seeing which tracks, or 'Quarantunes' are helping them traverse this strange new world. First up, it's CHAMPS.
With time split between the London sprawl and the rural vistas of the Isle Of Wight, indie sibling duo CHAMPS are well-versed in the dislocation of existing between two opposite environs; one ever-present and claustrophobic, the other sparse and removed in quite a literal sense being an island off the south coast of England. Whilst we're all adjusting to our new confinement in quarantine/lockdown/self-isolation, both CHAMPS' Michael and David Champion could be regarded as a safe pair of hands when relating to a state of flux.
Known for their prowess in shaping mesmeric harmonies and psychedelic-tinged, balletic pop songs, let's peer into the duo's influences, inspirations, and those tracks that are occupying their headspace right now:
Wasuremono – 'Are You OK?'
This guy sounds like a mix between Youth Lagoon and Beach Fossils, which is, in my books, a pretty solid blend. The track has a real sense of melancholy, but it’s tinged with a touch of optimism, so pretty befitting of the current circumstances.
Rogov – 'Empty House'
This is just a really beautiful song, perfect for meditative, reflective afternoons. Stick it on if you want to switch your brain off and be transported.
Cass McCombs – 'Bum Bum Bum'
This song has such a pleasant groove. It’s excellent for if you need to get your head down on a project. It’s extremely satisfying when the second verse kicks back in. Also, it has one of the best titles ever.
Buffy Saint Marie - 'Little Wheel Spin and Spin'
A haunted voice finds a haunted song. The rhythm and repetition together on this are so enchanting, almost meditative, shamanic. Lyrically it sends you on a journey through 20th century heaven and hell with all the emotive and political quality you'd expect from BSM.
Marlon Williams - 'Beautiful Dress'
Swoony and croony. My favourite from Marlon Williams. Touching on all the Roy Orbison vibes but with a modern energy that keeps your toes in the game. Romanticism at it's finest; something that we all need to seek out through these strange days.
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - 'I Won't Hurt You'
I love the little heartbeat that flows through this. Nailed a kick drum sound that I've spent years striving for. Soft, intimate, tender vocal with an obvious, yet sincere and necessary lyric. Tape machine heaven.
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