The Last Shadow Puppets
The Last Shadow Puppets is a spontaneous project written by heart of two best friends.
I managed to dig up an old article with a amazing interview of The Last Shadow Puppets. Alex Turner and Miles Kane are best friends and their idea is born from an evening when Miles played a record for Alex that made him obsessed. "Why is no music as... classical beautiful as it was before"?
It was right at that moment there that they decided to record a album. And after that decision made they uncorked a bottle of red and listened to Loves Forever Changes until the sun went up.
While the inspiration was still hot they almost immediatly went to France to record The Age of The Understatement with the compositor/producer James Ford. They put all other projects on hold ( Arctic Monkeys third album for example ) just to get this little side-track seed of creativity out of their system.
The album is inspired by orchestral pop-music before everything went rock. ( Oasis fault!;) ) "When the music was wide-eyed before life and love's opportunities".
The Age of The Understatement is heavily dominated by bass and violins mixed up into this romantic misty morning ambience. The extremely reverbed and disted guitar that gently sweeps in the background gives you the exact feeling of being in a Sherlock Holmes story from the late 19th century.
You could take Miles and Alex for brothers because their singing voices are very similar, which contributes to crossing edge choruses together with the violins.
The album is just so detailed and well made that you can listen to it for years and discover new details each day. This is what makes them so interesting for me. It's brilliant. Just brilliant.