After years of slow progress, The Rainbow Express have been forced by their record company to release a repackaged "Greatest Hits". This has been done without the bands approval, and we urge you not to listen to it.
The record shines a light on a forgotten classic, both singles, and includes a never before heard track which hints at things to come.
As one band member put it "it's basically just all the tracks where we didn't balls up the production".
Ribbons on The Rainbow Express
The Rainbow Express create experimental electronic noise pop from a diverse range of influences. These include The Streets, Beach House, Caribou, Disney, Grimes, Britpop, The Divine Comedy, Fuck Buttons and Ennio Morricone.
Their first EP "Pepe La Pue Was Doing it Wrong", which features a Scottish poet, a trombone, and noise, is available for free download now.
DIY cut and paste production mixes lo-fi samples of organic instruments with programmed drums and synths. It's reverb-heavy and spacey, as twinkling guitars emerge and are drowned under waves of distorted sounds.
This is overlaid by the naive, hopeful and melancholic vocals of singer "Pepe La Pue" , as he grapples with his failures (romantic and otherwise). Altogether it makes a record that is chilled, psychedelic, and sinister.
Perfect bedroom pop!
The Rainbow Express on The Rainbow Express
"We formed around five years ago after trying to write a song that sounded like Beach House and failing.
We wanted to write a record combining all our favourite things in music, both through the tastes we've developed over time and what we've been listening to in the last few years.
Our philosophy is that a lot of great art is created through the necessity of invention brought about by a lack of knowledge - in essence that people attempting to create something but doing it wrong often leads to exciting new things (see: The Beatles, Punk, The Shaggs, Kraftwerk etc).
We applied this philosophy to our EP. We'd try to do our own take on musical elements we like but, due to a lack of producing experience on our own part, this would lead to us creating something that sounds original whilst maintaining the chillout and/or groovey and/or noisey vibes of music we love.
We hope you like the same sounds we do!"
Members of The Rainbow Express feature on up and coming Alt-Pop hero Holy '57 s first three EPs H, O, and L which you can get here.
Fans of the more experimental, noisey and electronic side of the musical coin should check out Bogeye Recordings selection of choice cuts.
"Pepe La Pue Was Doing it Wrong" was produced by the former producer of defunct art-rock indie band Van Howling
The Rainbow Express Artwork by Milz Draws
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