Hopefully you’ve been following along all week as we’ve dropped a Love, Burns tune here and there with commentary from the songwriter himself, Phil Sutton. But, along with our friends at Jigsaw and KUS, we’re super excited to bring you the record in its entirety, which you can now stream below. So, you don’t need to hear me wax on and on about what a great collection of songs you’ll be getting, you can just stream It Should Have Been Tomorrow below and enjoy the day!
Again, it’s great to see what an author has to say about their own work, get a little insight into their thought process. So we continue celebrating It Should Have Been Tomorrow (coming out the day AFTER tomorrow) by a few more great words from the Love, Burns songwriter himself, Phil Sutton:
Dear Claire was a song I wrote a few years back, recorded by my then group, The Soft City, that included Jason Corace and Dora Lubin, then Turner Stough and Kyle Forester guesting. Dora was the singer, Jason was (is) A Boy Named Thor. The song came out on a 7 inch EP, self-released. I think its a really good EP, that sort of got lost. We broke up when Jason, then Dora, moved away from New York. I always wanted to put Dear Claire on an LP, so we re-recorded the song with me on vocals, and a slightly different arrangement. We kept the looping organ though, the melody of which I sang to Kyle. This is one of two covers on the LP. The other is “Come In the Spring,’ a Pale Lights song. Covering myself. How indulgent!”
This week, we’re letting Phil from Love, Burns send us a blurb about various tracks on his forthcoming LP, It Should Have Been Tomorrow (which comes out Friday!). Today, we’ve got the closing track on the record, and a reminder the band are playing Pete’s Candy Store on February 10th, so here’s the words from Mr. Sutton:
“Gary Olson, who recorded and mixed the LP, said this was my Chris Isaak song. Its a very simple song, about not fitting in, and getting the hell out. Id say about 67% of my songs are about this subject. Comes of being raised in a small, conservative village, I think. This time the protagonist needs to be themselves, because the mad villagers dont like who he/she/they is. It could be that theyre gay, a Communist, a freak, a hippy, a beatnik, an artist, whatever. They need to go somewhere where they can belong, be appreciated, and loved. Bigots decry the notion of a safe space, but everyone needs one to flower. Kyles lead guitar is fantastic. Twang-tastic! Pretty much one take. Kenny Wachtel (Great Lakes) is playing lead guitar live, and also does a sublime job. If you come to Petes Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY February 10th, at 10pm, you can hear Something Good done Kenny-style!”
This Bandcamp Friday, we’ll be releasing a cassette version of the new LP from Love, Burns, the solo LP from Pale Lights songwriter (and ex-Comet Gain!) Phil Sutton. I talked Phil into giving me a single a day this week with a little blurb about the tracks…so here’s Phil:
The Triffids song “Do You Want Me Near You,” from In the Pines was a big influence on “In a Long Time,” along with Petula Clarks “Downtown.” The former has a fantastically melodic bass line, and then a great metallic, reverb-y guitar solo that makes me think of wide open spaces in (the) Australia (of my imagination). The lyrics capture loneliness and isolation very well, which is what I tried to do with my song. Where it differs, I think is that Ive tried to make “In a Long Time” a New York City song, rather than a relationship song; it’s a sort of upside down, melancholic version of “Downtown,” where someone new to the city is on the subway, looking at twinkling lights, and all the Saturday night people, but is quite alone. Nothing new, really, a classic trope. Alone in the big city, but still intrigued by and drawn to it. New York always looks its best at night. Alicia Jeanine plays some beautiful violins, Hampus plays a very subtle driving Subway beat, and Kyle Forester does a really great guitar solo – not the first one on this LP. Kyle plays most of the instruments on It Should Have Been Tomorrow. He’s a pop genius.
I have it on good authority that Love, Burns, the solo project of Phil Sutton (Pale Lights) has a full length ready to go. But, in the meantime, he’s teasing his fans with three non-album tunes, and personally, if these are the non-LP tunes, can you imagine how great a record this will be? “She Will Leave, Unless,” feels like a lesson on the bygone days of pop, that innocent sunshine in the window as you make breakfast to set off on your day, starring softened jangles. “Say What You Mean” seeps in with a little more swagger, sort of that late 60s almost pscyh where the whole band is wearing cliche black sunglasses, but with better songwriting. Still, the 3 new songs don’t peak, for me, until you get to “The Push and Pull of the Great Outdoors.” I love how stark and naked the tune feels, mostly Phil and guitar until a bit of tambourine shimmies near the 2 minute mark. Man, you better love eat this up pop fans!
By now our adoration for Phil Sutton should be known to you, whether he’s working Pale Lights or his solo project, Love, Burns. Today, he’s offering up a glimpse at what he’s got coming down the pipeline, with an alternative mix on one of the new tunes from his next LP. It’s got this heavy classic pop vibes, as if you’re hanging out in some seedy den watching the world whiz by you, carefully captivated. But, you also get an exclusive single here, with a little more classic pop sounds; I really love the way Phil pushes his vocals on the chorus moment in this tune, soaring over those jangling guitar chords. Plus, the drumming from Hampus Ohman-Frolund is quite special. If you grab the single, all proceeds are going to Sandy Hook Promise!
Phil Sutton has played in some incredible bands, such as Pale Lights who we’ve covered countless times. But, his focus right now is on his solo project, Love Burns; there’s this great new 7″ he’s recorded with a bunch of heavy-hitting friends that will be released on October 23rd. When I first turned this on, I felt awed by how his voice seems to soar; it works perfectly in the song’s stark opening and still carries on when the track pushes forward with more layers. Speaking of said layers, there’s enough texture to create this thickened pop feeling, though with enough restraint to still make everything feel so airy. This is the perfect lesson in how to build a perfect pop song! The 7″ will be available on October 23rd via KUS!
During slow music weeks you turn to your friends, and I always know I can count on IPSML for a good jam or two. Today I bring you a track from Pale Lights that he pointed me towards, which features Phil Sutton of one of my favorite acts, Comet Gain. You’re going to get a similarly ringing guitar, and even find the vocal delivery similar. Personally, I dig the nice female vocal in the background. I’m posting this track because I love it, but you can stream the band’s whole new album, Before There Were Pictures, right HERE. It’s so good, you won’t want to have anything else on today.
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Pale Lights will automatically get my support, based on the fact that main man, Phil Sutton, was once part of Comet Gain…one of my top bands of all time. This new gem isn’t quite along the lines of the quirky art-pop, but it’s equally as infectious. The vocal has a deep tonal quality that while fairly distant in sound, holds onto an intimacy that makes pop fans swoon. Musically, it’s a slow paced jangling affair, with ringing guitars that craft warmth and melancholy simultaneously. You can find this tune and a few others on the group’s Pale Lights EP, which is available right now.
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