Year of release: 2014 | Quality: FLAC (tracks) | Bitrate: Lossless | Total time: 23:41 | Total size: 144 mb
Genre : Alternative Rock | Label: Mexican Summer
1. Lilacs & Champagne - Shower Scene (2:24)
2. Lilacs & Champagne - Le Grand (Brooklyn Bridge version) (4:12)
3. Lilacs & Champagne - The Door (3:51)
4. Lilacs & Champagne - Sensations (Corpse On the Beach version) (4:42)
5. Lilacs & Champagne - Maple St. (2:36)
6. Lilacs & Champagne - Cinemaxx (5:56)
For all the themes and inspirations that Lilacs & Champagne claim that produced this record, it?s really the music that counts. What if two guys from rockers Grails decided to make a record inspired by background music from ?70s TV shows? The answer would be ?so what if?? if there wasn?t some decent music to back it up.
Although opening track ?Shower Scene? actually uses that 21st century trick of opening mid-scene, as we?re dropped into the sound of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist?s crate-digging for beats combined with some laid-back live acoustic guitar to create a slightly sleazy soundtrack to moustachioed seduction. There?s elastic bass and soporific saxophone to add into the mix as well, and it really does sound straight out of the ?70s. The trick that Lilacs & Champagne pull off here (and elsewhere) is blurring the lines between the sampled and the live; everything has a vinyl crackle laid over it and this smart moves makes sure there?s no jarring between the methods.
Closing track ?Cinemaxx? is as close to a ?70s cop show theme tune as you?re likely to hear; we?re talking close-ups of Karl Malden and Michael Douglas patrolling those Streets of San Francisco as the drummer flies off the handle and the brass players wail uncontrollably in the background, or Barney Miller?s Hal Linden if he?d taken a darker turn and dropped the comedy for some Popeye Doyle action.
Basically, what Amos and Hall have managed here with Lilacs & Champagne is create a period piece that doesn?t feel dated, thanks to a mix of digital and analogue processes. Yes, it may have a short shelf life and the overriding feeling is that it?s an exercise in fun rather than creating a lasting piece of ?art??but Midnight Features is a lively and engaging experience for as long as the good times last.