December 11, 2013
Autumn Mix #11: Midland / Grand Union
When I first heard Arthur Beatrice's previous 2013 single Grand Union, I thought to myself, "Is organic pop by male vocalists coming back?" And then, nevermind the pun of Bea Arthur, this single appeared and I realized the answer isn't so simple, because Arthur Beatrice is a four-person band, none named Arthur. They actually have two lead vocalists, Orland Leopard (yes!) and Ella Girardot. This is bass / drums / keyboard / guitar, with slivers of electronics, and it sounds remarkably fresh.
Ella leads this gorgeous new song...
The Orlando-led Grand Union has moments of beauty that give me chills (check 3:20, when the choral vocals come in after a lengthy middle eight).
Arthur Beatrices's debut album, Working Out, is due on February 24. They're on iTunes worldwide now. File them in the A's, not the B's!
The band has upcoming dates... including Spring shows in the US
Dec 11 Cargo. London www.seetickets.com/Event/arthur-be…ce/cargo/745883
Feb 13 Privatclub. Berlin www.eventim.de/arthur-beatrice
Feb 15 Fireworks Festival, Fleche d'Or. Paris frwrks.fr/
March 3 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY
March 4 Schuba's Chicago, IL
March 6 The Chapel San Francisco, CA
March 7 Echo Los Angeles, CA