"And here at the couch, it should be mentioned, the sun, for all its ungraciousness to the rest of the room, was behaving beautifully."
A Colourful Storm presents the first vinyl edition of Blueboy's The Bank Of England - the third and final chapter in a canon of indie-pop and DIY perfection.
Succeeding If Wishes Were Horses (Sarah Records, 1992) and Unisex (1994), The Bank Of England shines as a masterpiece of mature, delicate songwriting carrying the intimacy of Keith Girdler's lyrics and Cath Close's elegiac vocal delivery, and soaring into melancholic infinity. It's infectious, courtly... almost psychedelic, even. Lovesick and joyous all at once, it's the sound of enchantment, of when you become aware of the colour of the sky.
As perfect as pop imperfection could be, The Bank Of England is a swooning, bittersweet masterpiece resonating with innocence lost and forgotten. A letter of affection for those we hold close to our hearts.
Listen to 'Love Yourself': youtu.be/arISYyPEmrE
released April 7, 2018
Released in April, 2018 under license from Shinkansen Recordings.
Guitars, keyboards and percussion by Paul Stewart.
Singing by Keith Girdler and Cath Close.
Drums by Ian Gardner.
Bass by James Neville.
Recorded at The Dungeon, Shipston-on-Stour.
Mixed by Richard Haines and Blueboy.
All songs by Paul Stewart and Keith Girdler.
Original sleeve design by Edwardia. Vinyl sleeve design by Matt Haynes.
Transfer from the original recording tape assisted by Matt Haynes.
Cut by Tom Haunstein at R.A.N.D. Muzik.
Blueboy would like to thank Jane Simmonds, Katy Price, Keris & Alison, Beth Aberdeen, Doug Levine, Shoestrings, Takeshi Soya, Phil Broadhurst, Clare Wadd, Mike Naylor, The Aldridge Family, Mrs Haines, Grimsey Records, Nat, Rachel, Helen, Jane Spanton Walker, Oon, Marc Price, Teressa, Sinead, Karen, Stephanie, David, Andrea, Rob, Matt, God, Dr Willis & all our families.
Thanks to Jess Sneddon.