I Found It Not So
Produced by Sonic Boom
Engineered by Nick Kramer at j.c. sessions
Dean Wareham: guitars
Britta Phillips: MicroKorg & Celesta
Mixed by Britta Phillips at Studio 105 in NYC
*Dean and Britta appear courtesy of Rounder Records
Where Did Our Love Go
Produced by Cheval Sombre
Recorded and mixed at G.F.A. Studios
Release date: November 17th 2008
Because the night belongs to lovers, or in this case the remnants of love: some records are ideal listening for specific times of the day, and the latest languid single from Cheval Sombre is best savoured in the twilight.
I Found It Not So and Where Did Our Love Go – a re-imagining of the Supremes’ lovelorn plea – are coupled here on VAN172, a pairing of moonlit laments cloaked in hushed tones and quiet yearning.
These two sides of softly building melancholia find Cheval Sombre teaming up with Sonic Boom, who features here as well as lending production touches, and with Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna...) and Britta Phillips (Luna).
I Found It Not So is infused with a sense of sleepy reverie; a low-key lullaby which echoes and chimes while floating around your sub-conscious. Sumptuously trip-wired with sveltely layered psychotropic glazes of looping out of body transcendental hypnotics, plangent guitar melodies creep and intertwine, moving to a warm climax. It’s all topped off with barely-there vocals, a whispered dream filled with a sense of longing which belies the almost post-coital atmosphere.
Likewise, the low-key facsimile of Where Did Our Love Go licks off all traces of a sugary Motown coating and reveals a dark, vulnerable tale of loss, regret and desire. Yep it’s a cover of the legendary Holland / Dozier / Holland penned gem and the composition that was to give the Supremes their first number one hit way back in ‘64.
Okay three releases (two on Static Caravan) in fairly quick succession from New York poet / musician Christopher Porpora or as he’s better known to those cosmic kids with their finger on the pulse - Cheval Sombre.
As well as "It's a Shame / Little Bit of Heaven" which sold out on pre-sale, there is a green vinyl 7” on Trensmat. A full-length Cheval Sombre LP will be released early 2009 on Double Feature Records, the new label run by Dean Wareham.
Edition of 500 on 7” wax with artwork by Ben Javens.
For fans of Galaxie 500, Spaceman 3, Luna, Sonic Boom and Low