Lucky Soul - 'One Kiss Don't Make a Summer'
‘One Kiss Don’t Make a Summer’ is Lucky Soul’s first single since debut album ‘The Great Unwanted’ was released in spring to nigh-on universal acclaim.
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For many, it’s that record’s standout track, a song that demonstrates the band’s consummate mastery of a 60’s-tinged music that feels immediate, but is riddled with hidden treasure: in the scorching harmonies, the big sweeping chorus, the grey-skied lyrics, the way Ali Howard’s beautiful, crystalline voice dodges in and out of the string section.
Says songwriter and guitarist Andrew Laidlaw: “For me it’s classic pop in the Bacharach/Dusty/Sandie Shaw vein and almost kitchen sink melodrama, but in essence it contains the same Lucky Soul themes as ever – heartbreak, love, resignation, frustration, confusion, and putting a brave face on all those things. At base level it's an “I'm alright (actually I'm not but I'm not giving you the satisfaction of knowing it)” song. It's inspired by summer romances, good and bad. For as long as I can remember I've fallen in love in the summer and it always seemed to fade away once autumn hit.”
B-side ‘That Hollywood Glow’, meanwhile, is a neon slow-burner, the perfect dramatic backdrop to a night of exquisite heartbreak that has ended on the top floor of a night bus, but also to a Bond girl making a technically perfect dive into a gold-plated swimming pool.
The single release is part of a flurry of activity for the Greenwich six-piece, including tours of the UK and Europe, and it follows their historic appearance in June as the first ever band to play the O2 Arena. It’ll be available in the now very collectable, exquisite, hand-numbered-by-the-band limited edition gatefold 7” vinyl as well as CD single and download.
Praise for ‘The Great Unwanted’ :
“An immediate classic.” (Independent on Sunday 5/5);
“Pop at its most glorious and heartbreaking.” (Metro 5/5 - Album of the Week);
“Performs the rare feat of meticulously acknowledging its inspirations while also transcending them.” (Uncut 4/5);
“A glorious, over-romanticised racket.” (Guardian 4/5);
“Grand, unabashed pop.” (Pitchfork 8.0);
“A decade on plastic.” (Plan B)
29 Jul Merc, Carnaby St, London;
2 Aug Festival Vibrasons, Pontevedra, Spain;
6 Sep Night and Day Café, Manchester;
8 Sep Carling Academy 2, Liverpool;
13 Sep 100 Club, London;
15 Sep Lemon Pop Festival, Murcia, Spain;
28 Sep Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg;
4 Oct Zoobar, Roma, Italy;
5 Oct Covo, Bologna, Italy;
6 Oct Wah Wah Club, Venice, Italy;
26 Oct El Sol, Madrid;
27 Oct Black Note Club, Valencia, Spain.