I don’t usually do blogs on single tracks or standalone videos. Still, I will make an exception for this NYC-based post-punk/alternative rock collective; London Plane. They have announced that they will soon unleash their ‘Bright Black’ album via the Declared Goods label – a collection of electrified tracks pulsing relentlessly.
April 20 releases the title track ‘Bright Black,’ an anti-war song and a simple, hopeful sentiment or little prayer to whoever is listening (the universe, the gods, you). Bright Black is a glimpse of brightness amongst the invasion of darkness, both internal and external, imminent and eventual. This track sets the tone for the album as a whole.
London Plane’s earlier single ‘Watch That Madman Go’ is highly relevant given current world events. A rebuke of propaganda, this targets the grand tradition of political dictatorship. The video is directed by Greg Vegas and features some of the 20th century’s most despised despots – from the Nazis to Ceaușescu.
London Plane also presents ‘Francesco (Italiano),’ a haunting goth-dance anthem that channels the original ‘Francesco’ single through a Latin prism. Equally inspired by a cloth-covered 1970s diary by an immigrant found among personal belongings discarded on a New York curb and the hospitalization of Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy on the eve of his NYC performance. ‘Francesco’ spins the tale of Catholic Saint, stigmatist, levitator and mystic Padre Pio as a young man.
London Plane is a juggernaut of a band made up of David Mosey (guitar and vocals), Jessica Cole (vocals), Bryan Garbe (drums), Grant Parker (bass), Julian Tulip (synths) and Kristofer Widholm (guitar). Their roots trace back to 2014 backstage at a tribute show to the recently deceased Lou Reed when Psychedelic Furs’ Joe McGinty introduced David to Jessica, both of whom were performing.
Following the success of their debut album, ‘New York Howl,’ released in 2018, the band methodically worked on new material in 2019 and early 2020. ‘Bright Black,’ an album packed with hope amidst cultural, sociopolitical, and ecological devastation, screams a passionate battle cry back to the pop music spectrum. In effect, a hook-filled Avant-rock study in context and contradictions.
As of April 20, the single will be available digitally everywhere, including Apple Music and Spotify. The entire ‘Bright Black album will be released on June 17 and can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
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‘Francesco (Italiano)’ https://youtu.be/g0PQQvJVJLk
‘Watch That Madman Go’ https://youtu.be/ODXMrKP0Uyc
‘Francesco’ (original version) https://youtu.be/UT6Ct3jUlBw
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