Lightships Set Course For The Summer

14 Apr

You may’ve guessed from previous blogs that I’ve always been a big fan of Scottish guitar-janglers Teenage Fanclub.

So when I stumbled across news that TF’s Gerard Love was to release an album of his own, under the name Lightships, I was excited but also a bit nervous. After all, as one of three songwriters, Love usually contributes a few tracks to each TF album, so would the quality control dip now he’s got a entire 41 minutes to fill?

One spin (yes, I got the vinyl version with it’s alluring green artwork…) to Lightships’ Electric Cables banished my fears. It may be pretty slight, but the ten tracks include enough harmonies and gently-tugging hooks to power an whole summer’s feelgood musical whimsy.

Featuring TF collaborators Brendan O’Hare and Dave McGowan, it may already be my favourite ‘Teenage Fanclub’ album since 1997’s Songs From Northern Britain.

Here’s the video of Sweetness In Her Spark…


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