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Satellites spying on us from space

Captured on Stalkercam
I’ve always been a fan of Graham Wright‘s stripped-down acoustic solo tunes. The Tokyo Police Club keyboardist is gearing up to release an album called Shirts vs Skins on June 28, and the lead single is more rocking that I’m used to hearing from him. Entitled “Soviet Race,” it’s based around a repetitive guitar figure and an explosive chorus that’s steeped in gritty guitars and Cold War imagery. I’m not sure that I like this as much as Wright’s folksy material, but it’s still an intriguing preview of the new disc.

Go to Exclaim! to read my preview of Shirts vs Skins.

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The voice of God spillin’ out of my mouth

Only Will Currie (second left) was in on the joke
Novels will probably get labeled as a supergroup, although the band’s members are hardly megastars. A collaboration between Graham Wright (Tokyo Police Club), Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians), Will Currie (Will Currie and the Country French), Dean Marino (EX~PO) and Jason Sadlowski (Jay Sad), each songwriter contributed one track to the group’s self-titled EP, which is available now as a free download from their website.

“No Hard Feelings” is fronted by Graham Wright, and it covers similar stylistic territory to his folksy solo recordings. A saloon piano plunks along as Wright sings a wistfully nostalgic tribute to a friend who’s moving away. The song’s characters appear to be school friends, but it’s also possible that it’s a divorced father addressing his daughter, singing, “Say hello to the boys you kiss / When you turn sixteen / Show ‘em what you’re made of, kid / And give ‘em hell for me.”

MP3: “No Hard Feelings”
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Graham Wright explores his soft side

Graham Wright - "Crooked Moon"
Tokyo Police Club is known for its spiky post-punk and electro-tinged atmospherics, but under his own name, keyboardist Graham Wright favours mellow bedroom folk. Last year, he released The Lakes of Alberta, an understated five-song EP about an affair with a woman with a husband and child. It was (and still is) available as a free download, and its vivid imagery and wistful nostalgia made it a promising solo debut.

Once again, Wright is offering up a free download, although this time it’s only one song. “Crooked Moon” begins with whispered vocals and gentle acoustic arpeggios, a sparse arrangement that is eventually fleshed out by chiming glockenspiel and charmingly sloppy banjo leads that evoke Sufjan Stevens. But it’s the lyrics that are the primary draw, an intimate profession of love that begins an hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Based on the message that accompanies the track, it doesn’t sound like Wright has any immediate plans to release a solo LP, as he says he has plenty of songs written but that “it may be years before anyone hears them.” It looks like we may have a long wait ahead of us, but “Crooked Moon” should help to tide us over until he finally decides to release a solo full-length.

Download the track over at Wright’s website.
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