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FORMATS: Mini-LP 10" [Clear Vinyl] [Limited Edition of 500 copies] ➔ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/1yf3D7r / Digital Mini Album

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We already announced it a few months ago, and now we finally have it in our hands - the first release from Bobby Wratten’s new project, LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR. It’s a mini-LP with 7 songs that will be released on 10” transparent vinyl, as well as digitally. And as we have already mentioned, the group’s members include the regular suspects like Beth Arzy, and Michael Hiscock, who was the bassist in THE FIELD MICE (Bobby’s seminal band). This partnership has contributed to pieces like the ones that make up “Slow Changes,” an album where Wratten lets his more ambient and experimental side loose, but without letting go of his delicate and pure pop songs.

“Everyone Talks About The Weather” has one of those trademark choruses that recites a devastating line that is also healing at the same time: “I’m not asking to be saved.” “The Death Of Silence” grows among halos of mystery and emotional turbulence into what is probably one of Bobby Wratten’s best songs. It is simultaneously hypnotic and powerful and full of light. “Ancient Fiction” closes the first side among echoes of JOY DIVISION, Seventeen Seconds era CURE and THE SOUND, with those delicious and emotive arrangements. The B-side leaves more room for sonic experimentation, one of the greatest passions of our admired songwriter. “Interference” is inspired by the mysterious broadcasts of numbers stations and sounds as if a radio were struggling to tune in the melody of a music box. “Short Wave Music” is a weak sign of hope in the middle of the ocean: fragile, elusive, intermittent, but always present. “Tonal Fade” is a sketch that briefly breaks up the previous peace, amid languid E-bows and insistent keyboards, while its cousin, “Slow Tonal Fade,” uses the same tools to create a bucolic, ethereal, pristine landscape. As always, all of this is finished off by the infallible hands of Ian Catt.

This is, definitively, a marvelous appetizer. As has occasionally occurred on some of the work Bobby has released with some of his other projects, this Mini-LP leaves room for experimentation and instrumental pathways. And they also give us some songs that only increase our impatience for the arrival of LIGHTNING IN A TWILIGHT HOUR’s first full-length.

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released February 9, 2015

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Track Name: Everyone Talks About The Weather
The midnight thoughts of a cast adrift
Astronaut
Nature sings
And I can’t resist
The sorrow of something I miss
Hear my silence
Be my witness
And the favour
I’ll return

The pressing sky
We cannot breathe
Here on the outside of everything
But we’re kindred spirits and we know
We wouldn’t want to feel at home
Everyone talks
About the weather
We don’t

I’m not asking to be saved
Just an ember to be placed
In a corner of your heart
Carry me that way

The midnight thoughts of a cast adrift
Astronaut
Nature sings
And I’m too aware
There’s a yearning that’s leading nowhere
Hear my silence
All I can conjure
I know we’re lost
As if that matters!

I’m not asking to be saved
Just an ember to be placed
In a corner of your heart
Carry me that way
Track Name: The Death Of Silence
Maintaining radio silence
Keeping a low profile
Facing a world of white noise
Just became a trial

Talking all the time
Do they ever pause for breath?
There’ll be no minutes silence
For silence and its death

Now everyone’s a publisher
And there’s ‘no less said the better’
What is and isn’t worth saying
Hardly seems to matter

Everybody wants to tell you everything
There’s no mystery anymore
Everybody feels the need to confess
I just wish they’d tell me less

Everybody wants to tell you everything
There’s no mystery anymore
Everybody feels the need to confess
I just wish they’d tell me less

Maintaining radio silence
Keeping a low profile
As the noise around me increased
I became more quiet
Track Name: Ancient Fiction
Tired of ancient fiction
Tired of superstition
I fear no hell
Expect no heaven

Tired of irrational rituals
Tired of a lack of miracles
No evidence forthcoming

We are born non-believers
Then led astray
Ideas from our beginnings
Myths of the cave
Ideas we should have outgrown
Poison modern living

Time for joined-up thinking
The same rules applying to everything
Why the privileged protection?
Faith is not a virtue
Faith is not untouchable
Everything’s there to be questioned

Such groundless assertions
Shouldn’t go unchallenged
Belief is not above
Rational inquiry
Prayers for the victims
The definition of irony

Tired of ancient fiction
Tired of superstition
I fear no hell
Expect no heaven

Tired of irrational rituals
Tired of a lack of miracles
No evidence forthcoming
Track Name: Interference
Instrumental
Track Name: Short Wave Music
Instrumental
Track Name: Tonal Fade
Instrumental
Track Name: Slow Tonal Fade
Instrumental