Help Stamp Out Loneliness
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Heart-poundingly beautiful, eponymous debut LP of alluringly seductive songs from Manchester/ Belfast gender symmetric 6 piece. Co-produced by 5th Smith Craig Gannon, it's the album the summer has been waiting For. Where It's At Is Where You Are and Papillons Noir are proud to present the heart-poundingly beautiful, eponymous debut LP from Manchester's sublime sextet Help Stamp Out Loneliness due out in May. With the glorious opening bars of 'Cottonopolis + Promises' (a bittersweet 'Dear John' letter to their surrogate city of Manchester) it becomes increasingly noticeable that HSOL aren't your standard indie-fare. Fronted by the striking, Nico-esque singer D. Lucille against glittering backdrop of transistor organs and jangle-pop guitars, their alluringly seductive songs shield lyrics that flicker between stories of rock-star stalkers ( Record Shop ) and cringe-inducing alfresco sex ( Biergarten ); to heartfelt paeans to the days of audio cassettes on Cellophane and meditations on the domestic lives of Nico and John Cooper Clarke on the aforementioned Cottonopolis + Promises . The first single to be taken from the album is the marvellously catchy Record Shop , a sinister chanson inspired by Sandra Bernhard s character from Scorsese s King of Comedy . Championed early on by 6 Music s Marc Riley, Help Stamp Out Loneliness are on track to set the rest of the country alight with their irresistibly sophisticated pop charm. " the most addictive indiepop track I've heard since Camera Obscura's Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken: hi-gloss pop driven by an urgent rush to empathise" - the Guardian.
Top Customer Reviews
Basically a collection of up tempo indie-ish pop songs but with a pretty pro production and some really cool arrangements. It has very hooky melodies with quirky lyrics sung by a distinctive female lead vocal. That vocal is slighty deadpan sometimes but definitely convinces the listener.
Best track for me is "Angelyne" with an irresistable chorus and great drumming.
4 stars is a very high rating for me and this is one my fave albums of the last few years.
The album is mostly excellent with indiesque songs full of guitars and keyboards and it only goes awry on the final track "split infinitives" which doesn't really work and drags on for 7 plus minutes.
They have some great song titles too i.e "the ghost with a hammer in his hand" & "palma violence" (very clever if you remember the sweets) and the vast majority of the songs are very enjoyable with "me solo & c" having an especially nice vocal.
It's on "record shop" however where they hit paydirt as everything seems to come together perfectly with jangly guitars/twinkly keyboards/rollin drums/lovely harmonies and most importantly a great hook....definitely the highlight of the album.
They reminded me a little of The Widdershins crossed with Heavenly crossed with Stereolab.