There's Nothing More Beautiful Than A Well-Made Machine
Atomic no. 10
Sounds from indie pop band the Luxembourg Signal first surfaced a good ten years after the breakup of Aberdeen, a band many of its members played in and released records with throughout the '90s and early 2000s.
Following the breakup of Aberdeen, members contributed to bands like Fonda and Trembling Blue Stars, and vocalist Beth Arzy relocated from Southern California to the United Kingdom. Original Aberdeen members Arzy, drummer Brian Espinosa, and guitarist Johnny Joyner joined with friends Betsy Moyer (vocals) and Ginny Pitchford (keys) to form a band that melded their indie pop roots with noisier impulses. The band worked on recordings in Los Angeles when Arzy could come to visit. Following years of work writing and in the studio, the band's debut single, Distant Drive, arrived in 2014 on Shelflife Records. A self-titled full-length album followed later that same year. Soon after, the quintet added two more members, guitarist Kelly Davis and bassist Daniel Kumiega, and played a series of live dates across the U.K. and Europe, including a prime spot at 2015's Indietracks Festival. Later in the year they released a split single with the band Soft Science that featured a Robert Hampson (Main/Loop) remix of "Dying Star," a track from their debut. The band soon began work on another album, working with engineer Mark Rains in Los Angeles. The resulting Blue Field had a fuller sound, as might befit a band with seven members, and also sported a guest appearance by Bobby Wratten of the Field Mice on one track. The record's release was preceded by the "Laura Palmer" single in June of 2017, and the full album was issued by Shelflife later that year. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi