The Wave Pictures – ‘Long Black Cars’ 2LP
Long Black Cars, the brand new album from The Wave Pictures was released by Moshi Moshi Records on April 2nd. But to coincide with the band’s US and Euro dates in May and June, Acuarela has launched a double LP with Long Black Cars and Beer In The Breakers. The 2 x 12” is a gatefold sleeve limited to 1000 copies and includes the lyrics of both albums plus 3 songs previously released as B-sides.  About Long Black Cars: Recorded over 4 days in New York City, The Wave Pictures return with their 5th album, Long Black Cars – 13 tracks of wry, observational lyrics “peppered with details of the everyday”. Produced by long time cohort Stanley Brinks the album features star turns from Wave Pictures’ favourites Turner Cody and The WoWz, and was inspired by topics as diverse as Humphrey Bogart, the story of Job and police brutality.  Frontman Dave Tattersall’s vocals are familiarly rich, warm and soulful, with bassist Franic Rozycki’s fretwork on fine form for stand out track “Never Go Home Again”. Accompanied by an unusually mournful arrangement that perfectly reverberates the song’s narrative about a couple on the run, the result is pure poetry through an almost elegiac solemnity. Proceeding track “My Head Gets Screwed On Tighter Every Year” deals with the theme of family feuds – in it, a man addresses his long lost brother – and faces the reality that it is often those closest to you that one knows the least. Elsewhere, standout track “Eskimo Kiss” features drummer Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm’s first recorded vocal on a Wave Pictures album. “This song is very New York to me… a very enigmatic, dark and mysterious lyric…” says Dave Tattersall.  Concentrating on finding the beautiful moments in the everyday, “Eskimo Kiss” ponders the little things that keep life exciting. It’s an overarching theme throughout Long Black Cars – “The point is not that it is interesting to sing about the mundane rather than the magical, but that we find the mundane magical: the everyday amazes me.”, explains Tattersall.  On this, their fifth official album, The Wave Pictures once again blend their perfect mixture of minor key ballads and characteristic rock’n’roll harmonies – the result is the ebullient, sardonic pop they’ve come to be cherished for.


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