February 2, 2010

Under-Appreciated Band: Lightspeed Champion

He released his uberly hyped debut album in early 2008 and is anticipated to release his sophomore record sometime in 2010. Although Devote Hynes is British, his debut album "Falling off the Lavender Bridge" has a distinct indie folk vibe that sounds more "Saddle Creek Records-esque" than "Last Shadow Puppets" (his label mates on Domino records). This may be because Hynes recorded his debut album in Omaha with Mike Mogis (who if you are a Bright eyes fan...you should know about). Furthermore a handful of notable Omaha based musicians appear on the debut, including The Faint's drummer (Clark Baechle) and members of Cursive and Tilly and the Wall. The eclecticism of his debut mixing the moody folk vibes of the Omaha music scene with his harder, jangly, British musical roots makes for a sometimes difficult but rewarding listen. The newest recordings have a more 50s Americana vibe...I am getting acquainted with them, although one thing is for sure, Lightspeed Champion is one weird guy.