gloria Oidophon Echorama (mini-LP, £12.75)
Gloria sounds like Californian sun soaked psychedelia mixed with sturdy French technique. Three female vocalists singing in harmonies front this six piece from Lyon. Some have drawn comparisons with The Shangri Las, The Castaways or Pretty Things at times. But we are not looking at Venn diagrams, this group sounds contemporary with the ability to create great modern songs. Gloria started out as a studio project, they released their first LP ‘In Excelsis Stereo’ in late 2016 to critical acclaim in their home country. They then started touring, gaining a reputation of brilliance, perfect for festival appearances. This mini-LP gathers six songs created on the road, lots of love, laughter, friendship, reverb, singing. More friendship with the American country folk singer Arianna Monteverdi who features on the opening track ‘Heavy’. ‘The Rain is Out’ is the first single. For this follow-up, Ample Play have teamed up with Howlin Banana Records in Paris.
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