The Soundcarriers - Celeste
Remember those bygone days when you'd put a record on the turntable, turn out the lights, slip the headphones on, and then just drift away? No-one seems to really do headphone music anymore, or at least not that well. Nottingham's The Soundcarriers come pretty damn close with their second album Celeste, a charming collection of richly textured soundscapes steeped in the psychedelia of landmark bands like Can and early Pink Floyd, surely the Gods of headphone journey music.
While not groundbreaking, or even that original, the songs are beautifully crafted and a treat to listen to. The bouncy 'Last Broadcast' weaves into the dreamy 'Stop Outside' which showcases the lush harmonies of singers Dorian and Leonore. The fuzz guitar hooks and choppy piano chords of 'Broken Sleep' adds of bit of texture to the ethereal vocals and hazy melody while the gorgeous 'Out Of Place' (highlighted by Leonore's Nico-esque vocals) rolls along with moody elegance.
With Celeste The Soundcarriers have woven together a sumptuous collection of songs, so turn out the lights, light one up and dream away.