Ed. Note: Melody Supreme, located at 115 4th St. SE off the Downtown Mall, is Charlottesville’s best record store. The owner Gwen Berthy has impeccable taste and a curatorial hunger matched by few. One of my favorite parts of the store is Gwen’s handwritten notes on records you may have never heard of (even you, James Ford) be it a new release or a 1963 anthology of Argentine Jazz Tango/Gospel. I asked my friend if he’d do an extended version of his handwritten notes for Nailgun, and he agreed. Below is the first installment of what I hope will be an ongoing thing!
The Power Out — Electrelane (Too Pure/Beggars Banquet, 2004)
So, you may as well get used to it: this album without a doubt is one of my 50 favorites (I’ve never actually completed this list and there are surely more like 100 that would be on it… anyway…I digress…). For this, their second album, a group of women from Brighton chose Steve Albini to transform rough diamonds of sound in brilliant pop songs. Heavily instrumental, songs in French, in English, in Spanish are sometimes mixed with literary texts. The sound is a garage rock pop ‘mélange’ that blends seamlessly with a choir from another age (ex: the sumptuous ‘The Valleys’). Freshly reissued, this new album is the perfect introduction to the new album by WARPAINT, their little ‘nieces’, which will be out in two weeks.