Hailing from London - via Edinburgh and Texas - Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion chose to head out to Omaha, Nebraska to record with Saddle Creek Records? resident producer, Mike Mogis. The result is a semi-acoustic, country-rock and folk-pop sound, which will surprise anyone who remembers Dev from his heavier Test Icicles days.
Galaxy Of The Lost is a beautifully arranged catchy tune, which hinges on the ambivalent couplet: ?I feel better now I?ve seen you/But deep inside my bones feel like timber?. It?s that time-honoured ?can?t live with ?em, can?t live without ?em? scenario. The track features drums, bass, pedal steel and string arrangements from an informal backing band of Omaha luminaries such as Nate Walcott and The Faint?s drummer Clark Baechle. It also includes sweet backing vocals from Dev?s friend Emmy The Great, which combined with Dev?s dark lyrics set the emotional tone of forthcoming album, Falling Off The Lavender Bridge. The accompanying video is an eye-popping monster puppet promo devised by Dev?s friend Ferry Gaul (from the Semifinalists), which sees our man being attacked by colourful, malevolent furballs.
B-side track Waiting Game features additional vocals by Derek Pressnal from Tilly And The Wall, and guitars from Mike Mogis.
A1. Galaxy Of The Lost
B1. Waiting Game