Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
, the sophomore album from British songwriter Lightspeed Champion
(Dev Hynes) is allegedly "an unassumingly epic collection of twelve pop songs, two instrumental intermissions, and one piano etude, bound together by a sense of longing so piquant that the listener, after listening, can't easily stifle the sense that he himself is on the verge of some major transition, for better or worse."
If all that sounds like too much to handle at the moment, we suggest starting slow with this Western tinged video for the album's first single, "Marleen". It's a nifty number, slice and diced with a flurry of pocket strings, a funky drum beat, and some awfully crunchy guitar work. As for the video, it seems to mix grainy spaghetti western imagery with a surreal pastiche of modern life and psychedelic freak outs. All of which leads us to the pleasant conclusion that this Marlene character must have really done a number on our man Dev.
After the experimental rock outfit Test Icicles disbanded in 2006, Devonte Hynes
launched Lightspeed Champion
as his own folk-driven indie rock venture. The new project allowed him to focus on his love for melodies, a fondness that began with Hynes' childhood love of Broadway musicals and, years later, helped sweeten Test Icicles' spastic sound. After writing a batch of fresh material, Hynes -- who had also grown up listening to country music -- flew to Nebraska to collaborate with Saddle Creek's resident producer, Mike Mogis. Backed by an informal band comprised of members of Cursive, Tilly and the Wall, and the Faint, Hynes recorded a number of semi-acoustic songs, several of which were later released on the Galaxy of the Lost
and Tell Me What It's Worth
single compilations. Lightspeed Champion then spent the latter half of 2007 on tour, first as an opening act for Bright Eyes and then as a headlining band. A U.K. tour was planned for early 2008, as was the release of the group's full-length debut, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
. - allmusic.com