Some things just get better with time. Red wine and self-confidence, for instance, or Matt Bianco. The legendary British group, named after an imaginary Sixties super-spy in the Eighties, is adored around the world for hits like “Half A Minute”, “Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed”, “Whose Side Are You On?”, or “Yeh Yeh”. For their fifteenth album “Gravity”, front-man, vocalist and songwriter Mark Reilly collaborated with Jazz saxophonist Dave O Higgins and his band.Martin Shaw (trumpet), Graham Harvey(Piano),Geoff Gascoyne(Double Bass),Sebastiaan De Krom(Drums) both of who where also in the Jamie Callum band and Elisabeth Troy on vocals. Swedish sax- and flute-star Magnus Lindgren also collaborated.
The Cathode Ray
The Cathode Ray return after a three year recording hiatus with “Another World”, the lead track from their forthcoming third album “Heightened Senses”, which is due out in the Autumn.
Lyrically concerning themes of alienation, hopes, fears and doubts, “Another World” is another bold musical departure for The Cathode Ray, evoking nothing less than the glam balladry of early Suede, via Bowie and The Smiths, married to subliminal dance beats. It sets out the stall for the new album which, as the title alludes to, promises to stretch the senses with forays into previously unchartered musical waters for the band.
It also marks the recording debut of guitarist Phil Biggs with the band, plus production assistance, cover art and video direction from Alex Thoms, the son of lead singer Jeremy Thoms.
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