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A Journey Too Far

by Nostalgia 77

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about

Nostalgia 77’s last studio album, 2011’s ‘The Sleepwalking Society’, introduced him to a wider audience than ever, by dint of refreshing blues and folk influences and the decision to complete his band with Josa Peit – the perfect interpreter of his songs - where he had previously featured numerous guests. Media support abounded, with radio play across BBC 6Music, Radio 2, FIP, Radio Nova, KCRW and more. ‘A Journey Too Far’ builds on this success, melding inspirations from the English folk and psychedelic scene to the ‘60s orchestral pop of Gainsbourg and Axelrod. A poetic, highly visual lyricism – touching here on love, familial ties, folklore and existential queries of disengagement and security - is noticeably developed, complemented by his lauded instincts as a composer. The Nostalgia 77 band comprises the cream of London talent, including drummer Tim Giles, bassist/arranger Riaan Vosloo (Examples of Twelves), reeds player James Allsopp and Ross Stanley on Hammond, and additional backing vocals come from Sony signed Beth Rowley, a Nostalgia 77 collaborator of old who has since risen to chart stardom.

Gripping instrumentals, deft production and Peit’s intuitive vocals lend this album an enigmatic pull, from the delightful bobbing and weaving intro of first track “What Do You Know” and throughout the ebb and flow of the record. Horn arrangements, which hint at Nostalgia 77’s jazz roots, add a strident quality to blues excursions like “Backlash” and “Your Love Weighs a Tonne”, “Ramshackle Rose” and classic-sounding Jeb Loy Nichols number “Don’t Run”; seamlessly interplaying with delicate, acoustic guitar-led songs such as “Crescent City”, the fresh-faced “One” and the delicate, dark lullaby “Like Dark To Light” which closes the album in a sense of beautiful suspense.

credits

released February 10, 2014

Arranged By – Benedic Lamdin, Riaan Vosloo
Backing Vocals – Beth Rowley, Ned Crowther
Bass – Riaan Vosloo
Design – Made In Earnest
Drums, Percussion – Tim Giles
Guitar – Benedic Lamdin
Mixed By – Mike Pelanconi
Organ [Hammond Organ] – Ross Stanley
Piano [Pianos], Keyboards – Kit Downes
Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Benedic Lamdin
Reeds – James Allsopp
Trumpet – Fulvio Sigurta
Vocals – Jeb Loy Nichols, Josa Peit
Written-By – Benedic Lamdin

Recorded At – Fish Factory Studio
Mixed At – The Ironworks, Brighton
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Tru Thoughts
Copyright (c) – Tru Thoughts

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Nostalgia 77 Greater London

Ben Lamdin AKA Nostalgia 77 is a UK based Jazz producer who's been releasing music on Tru Thoughts for over 10 years, whilst also running his own Jazz label, Impossible Ark.

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