Last Tourist: Cave In The Hills
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Leeds based electronic shoegaze four-piece Last Tourist have just digitally self-released their third single Cave In The Hills.
Following on from last year’s Are We Just Algorithms? and Public Service; this single sees the band return with a track built on haunting synth melodies and powerful bass lines which entwine with a wash of reverb guitar, moody vocals and rhythmic danceable drums.
The four-piece formed in 2017 when John Wellby (guitar, vocals, programming) and Adam Simpson (synths, programming, backing vocals) joined forces as a duo before recruiting additional band members. Jason Booth (bass guitar, bass synth), John’s longtime mate and Sheffield Synth City native, was asked to bring his experience to the mix. Then Andrea Parra (drums, backing vocals) a Londoner by way of San Francisco completed the jigsaw.
Now, some music you can get away with listening to on AirPods or headphones; but to appreciate this track fully it needs to be blasted out of speakers with the sound filling the room. When I tell you it’s been mixed by Simon Scott (Slowdive) and co-produced with Strawberry Studio veteran John Pennington (also Front Of House for New Order) you’ll understand why.
Although the band enthuse about their love of Joy Division; Interpol; Suicide and The Jesus and Mary Chain; Cave In The Hills has more than a nod to Spiritualized with the way the sound almost shimmers as it builds. My only complaint is, that at only 3min 8 seconds, it’s not long enough!
The good news though is that following this release there will be an EP coming out at the end of the year. Last Tourist also plan to release another single and a 7-inch also… something to look forward to!