I hope I'm not coming across as a mere cheerleader for Bad Panda Records, but tonight, as I did just last week 'here', I want to draw your attention to yet another of their free Monday singles, and when you hear it you'll realise why.
This week's song, My Darling Grace, is the debut single from a newly formed trio based in Barcelona, Spain called Berlinist. Bad Panda don't seem to have a lot of information available about them, but a quick look at their Facebook page is quite revealing, as they site their influences as; William S. Burroughs, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Jorge Luis Borges, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Dante Alighieri, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Allen Ginsberg, J. G. Ballard, Jose Saramago and Federico García Lorca. Wow! If they were trying to impress the literature-loving, name-droppers who staff The Streetlamp then they just did so, and some.
But leaving aside the literary influences for a moment, you may well be asking; what do they sound like? Well, the band are currently recording using piano, guitar, glockenspiel, accordion, drums and ukulele. The music they create has a sparse, haunting, melancholic and, on this single, rather eerie, otherwordly quality which makes it perfect night-time listening. They are currently working on their debut album and if it is as good as this debut single then we're in for a real treat. But don't take my word for it. Have a listen below:
Berlinist - My Darling Grace [BadPanda81] by Bad Panda Records
Don't you just love the way those vocals are reverbed to the max? Magnificent!
Thanks again to the lovely people at Bad Panda, as always the MP3 can be freely downloaded from their site. While you're there you can also read a short interview with the band. The Berlinist tumblr site is also worth a visit.