‘St Peters’ is the new single from CHAMPS, released February 24th 2014 on Play It Again Sam. With sublime vocal harmonies giving the track an appropriately spiritual feel, ‘St Peters’ is taken from CHAMPS debut album ‘Down Like Gold’, also released 24th February.
CHAMPS are Michael and David Champion, two brothers in their early 20s from the Isle of Wight who make the most extraordinarily beautiful music. CHAMPS write the sort of songs you’ll want to hold close and songs you’ll want to share, songs that draw on a love of upstanding folk broadsides and bristly alt-rock gems. Above it all, there are these two voices that bruise and blend and soar ever upward, like twists of wood smoke on a sunlit winter afternoon.
Down Like Gold was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What CHAMPS came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of Too Bright To Shine and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of My Spirit Is Broken. Savannah isn’t actually about their friend Savannah even though she’s convinced it is, while the Velvets-like Pretty Much is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s Down Like Gold, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.
Hailing from the tiny village of Niton, just outside Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies. Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multi-track by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and Revolver-period Beatles. Other CHAMPS influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially Murmur.
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