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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Aliens’ “So Long My Love”

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Our Track of the Day today comes from the Oxford, UK outfit Aliens.

Taken from their stunning sophomore album 3olbs Of Air, “So Long My Love” is an achingly resonant and emotionally precise number that confronts the millions of farewells that weave in and out of the battlefield. Lilting, affecting and unforgettable, “So Long My Love” traces the geometry of goodbyes better than any other song about war in recent memory.

Formed by filmmaker and writer Tim May along with Del Amitri guitarist Iain Harvie, Aliens’ 2019 debut ‘Terradome’ was a bold strike that confidently announced the arrival of one of the most exciting bands around. A dreamy groove of thoughtful indie pop, that swirled mightily away with otherworldly melodies, infectious choruses and atmospheric instrumentation, Terradome remains an immensely satisfying listen. It’s no wonder that over 100 radio stations worldwide were playing their music.

When Harvie went back to Del Amitri, May recruited the Grammy-nominated musician Calum MacColl (Steve Earle, Sinead O’Connor) to co-write tracks for the band’s second effort. Mostly composed in Normandy, a short distance from the fateful D-Day beaches, the songs on 30lbs Of Air chronicle the tales of the women and men who gave their lives to fight for freedom. Recorded in Oxfordshire at Woodworm Studios, which was built years ago by Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg, the album was produced by George Shilling (Steve Winwood, Primal Scream). Along with May on lead vocals and guitarist MacColl, it also features drummer Martyn Baker (Shriekback), bassist Leroy Lendor (The Bible) and Helen Turner (The Style Council) on piano. Rounding out the lineup are singers Jo Clarkson and Grace Cross.

Auspiciously released by Metal Postcard on Remembrance Day (November 11), proceeds will go to Cruse Bereavement Support, who provide free counseling and support for people who have lost loved ones.


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