Released: 25th Jul, 2011
Label: Tru Thoughts
Drawing deeply on folk and blues influences, ‘The Sleepwalking Society’ found Benedic Lamdin – the producer, composer and guitarist behind Nostalgia 77 – embarking on a change of direction, digging deep and exploring his talent as a songwriter and lyricist, and moving away from the largely instrumental form of his previous records. For someone who has made his name as a lynchpin of the London jazz scene, this stylistic leap was a bold one, and it has paid off in spades both artistically and critically. On unveiling this compelling set of confessional, potent and delicate songs – not to mention a new secret weapon in the luxuriantly-voiced German singer Josa Peit – he pulled off the twin feats of delighting his existing fanbase and opening up the ears of a whole new audience. This has been reflected in a wide array of UK radio support from DJs including Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Don Letts (BBC 6Music), Nemone (BBC 6Music), Ross Allen (Ministry Of Sound Radio), Guy Garvey (BBC 6Music/Elbow), Goldierocks (The Selector/NME Radio); plus heavy rotation on NPR and KCRW (USA), and national radio playlisting in France and elsewhere.
The original album version of the Bert Jansch-influenced “Beautiful Lie” leads this EP, bringing the crystal-pure vocals of Josa Peit to the fore; and a selection of exclusive bonus versions expand on the new sound in all directions. The Natural Magnetic Remix, recorded especially for this release, sees Nostalgia 77 himself, along with label-mate Natural Self and Rory Simmons of Fringe Magnetic, reworking the track with the addition of lush, evocative strings and the spacious hum of lilting, reverb-heavy bass; this is folk for the post-dubstep age.
Other treats for your ears include a Live Version and an Examples Of Twelves Remix of album track “Golden Morning”, a shimmering ray of uplifting psychedelic folk. The live recording strips this glorious piece right back to the most hushed of lullabies; whereas on the remix, acclaimed London trio Examples Of Twelves inject a driving rhythm, stirring up a powerful atmosphere of euphoria edged with suspense, evoking the moment the sun peeks up over the horizon after a momentous night. Hearing both versions back-to-back is quite an experience.
The EP also features a live version of “Beautiful Lie”; and the Dexter Remix of “Simmerdown” (the first single, which has had over 70,000 YouTube hits). The rising German producer takes this timeless part-gospel, part-soul song into the realms of contemporary electronica. Also being released alongside the EP is a video to the album track “Hush”.
This long-awaited fourth solo LP has ushered in a new era for Nostalgia 77 as a songwriter of note, with an exceptional vocalist by his side. Josa Peit breathes colourful life into Lamdin’s creations; sensual, strong and earthly with a dusting of the ethereal and fanciful, and some bluesy subversions of note and melody. The “Beautiful Lie EP” is the next phase in a burgeoning musical partnership that is developing into truly great things and putting the Nostalgia 77 name on the radar of an ever-expanding number of music lovers.