Spectrals announce debut EP
Louis Jones, the musician behind Spectrals is due to release his debut EP through Moshi Moshi Records on October 10th; entitled 'Spectrals Extended Play', the EP is a collection of new and previously unreleased songs.
From the town of Heckmondwike, 10 miles south-west from Leeds, Louis is softly spoken with a shock of ginger hair. Brought up of a mixture of 60 & 70s soul, motown and doo-wop, Spectrals' influences include Phil Spector (hence the name), Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Isley Brothers alongside garage rock.
Having previously released singles with Captured Tracks (Dum Dum Girls, Wild Nothing, Ganglians), Suplex Cassettes (Teeth!!!) and Tough Love Records (Health, Male Bonding, Becoming Real), the 'Spectrals Extended Play' shows a progression in Louis' music. Recorded completely on analogue in a local studio, there is a notable difference in the production on the EP and his previous bedroom-esq recordings.
'Spectrals Extended Play' shows the two sides that make up Louis' music; the more dreamy, 70's inspired tracks like the wondrous, 'I Ran With Love But I Couldn't Keep Up' contrast with the more upbeat, rock 'n' roll sound found on forthcoming single 'Peppermint' (out on September 27th through Moshi Moshi's Singles Club) and on the bluesy opener 'Dip Your Toe In', which was recorded on an acoustic guitar and reflects Louis' love of 60s garage. Spectrals combine classic 50s song writing - all the songs are about love - with understated melodies plus the addition of Louis' drawl to create woozily melancholic pop songs.
Live, Spectrals play as a band, after playing Offset Festival last year and supporting the likes of Girls, Real Estate and Lovvers; they will shortly embark on their first ever headline tour (dates TBA announced) as well as playing alongside Les Savy Fav, Yuck and Harlem.
Upcoming UK shows
23rd August - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London w/ Harlem
24th August - Cargo, London w/ Avi Buffalo
10th September - Cargo, London w/ Les Savy Fav
8th October - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds w/ Blank Dogs
15th October - Band on the Wall, Manchester w/ Yuck
23rd October - SWN Festival, Cardiff
Spectrals are also featured on Huw Stephens' new compilation 'Music Sounds Better With Huw 2', have recently released an alternate version of '7th Date' for a 7" with Slumberland Records (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Bats) and are currently working on their debut album.