Lightships | 03/04/12

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Lightships, the new musical outpost from Gerard Love, release their debut album Electric Cables today.

Described as "a record to cuddle up to and cherish" by The Guardian, and awarded such unambiguous praise as "bliss, bliss, bliss" by Uncut, Electric Cables is an album of tenderly observational songs, played with an invigorating and easy sense of purpose; the sound of friends enjoying one another's company and allowing ideas and experiments to flourish. It's a complex and rewarding record that you'll want to keep coming back to.

The band are celebrating this launch by releasing a free download of a remix of opening track "Two Lines" by house music supremo Raf Daddy of the Greco-Roman collective and half of The 2 Bears. It adds a driving beat, electronic haze and killer bassline to the beautifully chiming guitar line already present in the shimmering original track. Listen and download it directly into your heart (via your computer and some ears) right here:

The album was recorded by Gerard Love and such Glasgow-based luminaries as Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O'Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels), Jim McCulloch (clarinet) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian).

Lightships will be performing their first ever shows at the beginning of May, playing shows at Glasgow's CCA on Friday the 4th of May and The Lexington in London on Tuesday the 8th of May. They will be supported by Snowgoose – a band featuring the aforementioned Jim McCulloch, formerly of The Soup Dragons.