A Journey Too Far
Released: 10th Feb, 2014
Label: Tru Thoughts
‘A Journey Too Far’ is out on 10th February 2014. The fifth studio LP from Benedic Lamdin under his main Nostalgia 77 moniker, this album finds the respected producer, composer, songwriter and guitarist further developing his creative partnership with rising German singer Josa Peit, whose rich, quirky lead vocals grace nine of the 11 tracks; with country-soul supremo Jeb Loy Nichols (Island) singing the remaining two in his loose and charismatic style.
Following a live album preview - a sold-out live three night residency at London’s Vortex in October - the lead single was “An Angel With No Halo” in December; this stirring slice of noir-ish psychedelic folk epitomised the truly unique flavour of the record, gaining early support from Huey Morgan, John Kennedy, Jamie Cullum, DJ Mag and Potholes In My Blog; and a stunning Prince Fatty Dub remix saw the revered Hollie Cook producer weaving the scintillating track into a pulsating haze. Continuing to build the buzz, a series of international album exclusives recently aired on BBC Radio 2 (UK), FIP (France), Radio Eins (Germany) and KCRW (US), unveiling more tracks to great acclaim.
Gripping instrumentals, deft production and Peit’s intuitive vocals lend this album an enigmatic pull, from the delightful bobbing and weaving intro of first track “What Do You Know” and throughout the ebb and flow of the record. Horn arrangements, which hint at Nostalgia 77’s jazz roots, add a strident quality to blues excursions like “Backlash” and “Your Love Weighs a Tonne”, “Ramshackle Rose” and classic-sounding Jeb Loy Nichols number “Don’t Run”; seamlessly interplaying with delicate, acoustic guitar-led songs such as “Crescent City”, the fresh-faced “One” and the delicate, dark lullaby “Like Dark To Light” which closes the album in a sense of beautiful suspense.