We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing Cheval Sombre‘s second album, ‘Mad Love’, on November 5. It’s a stunning album of late-night odes to infatuation and you can grab a free MP3 of one of the tracks below.
We’re especially proud of this one, because it feels like something coming full circle. Sonic Boom first met Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT at our Spectrum show at the Dome in London in February 2009. They even jammed together on a memorable version of ‘Suicide’. Fast forward three and a half years, and we have ‘Mad Love’. Co-produced by Sonic Boom and Nick Kramer at Blanker Unsinn, MGMT’s Brooklyn studio, ‘Mad Love’ sees Cheval Sombre accompanied by a number of guest musicians, including Sonic, Andrew and Ben, plus Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips. The result? Somewhere between Nick Drake and Spacemen 3.
“It was a miracle of music unfolding – an extraordinary, organic evolution,” recalls Cheval Sombre, aka Christopher Porpora. “Everyone involved brought heart and soul in this age of unsentimentality, and what a coup.”
More details soon, but here’s an edited version of ‘Couldn’t Do’, recently given away as a Tip Of The Day on the NME Radar blog where it was described, not inaccurately, as “a tripped out indie take on Rolf Harris’ ‘Sun Arise’”.
Photo: Marilena Imbrescia