Track: The Gorgeous Chans – By the highway

Nottingham six piece the Gorgeous Chans started out riffing on Paul Simons seminal Graceland album, and to an extent it still references their melodic indie music today, with their slightly tropical, brass heavy twists on the run of the mill. The band have just revealed the b-sde to their debut single, out on July 6th.

It sidesteps into view, with some of those Vampire Weekend type riffs, but plaintive rather than driving, and so it starts to build, adding harmonies and brass – sighing over the chord changes, and this sort of almost military drumming, giving the song some forward motion. Enter a guitar solo, which splutters notes far and wide over the track before it ends. Despite this, the song still retains this rather glorious melancholy.

They must be some band, if this is a b-side…..

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