The Fiction Aisle – New Single: Major Seventh / Each & Every One Debut AA-side single, released to coincide with Record Store Day 2015. Written by Thomas White. Recorded and mixed at Church Road Studios, Sept 2014 – March 2015. Thomas White: vocals, guitars, keys – Heather Urquhart: vocals – Louis Macgillivray: guitar – Adam Kidd: guitar – Alan Grice: keys – Craig Chapman: trumpet – Gemma WIlliams: clarinet – Holly Fitzgerald: clarinet – Jordan Duggie: bass – Alex White: drums, percussion. The Fiction Aisle Facebook – Chord Orchard Label
A Promise Kept seems to be also known as Major Seventh.
magicrpm.com And it is precisely The Fiction Aisle that interests us today on the occasion of a brand new single. Openly influenced by The Clientele and Broadcast or jazz luminaries like Chet Baker, Thomas White offers with A Promise Kept and Each & Every One two precious compositions arranged with the tact that is known to him, directing without blinking the nine musicians of his together pop. Another title, Blue, was unveiled last November.
tastyfanzine.org.uk There’s a feel much akin to ‘Mars Audiac Quintet’ era Stereolab when listening to this Brighton combo’s Double A-side header “A Promise Kept”. The climb on this track is reminiscent of some of the music in James Bond’s ‘Moonraker’, especially during the assassination of Drax’s deadly weapon! I’m enjoying the outro of polished sax, which more than suits their wall of sound. Tight rhythms complement the brass section, with spells of what sounds like a xylophone. “Each & Every One” has more of a jazz influence to it. I like the lyrics as they relate to isolation and realism. Ry Cooder springs to mind with this offering and maybe even The James Taylor Quartet. I could imagine this going down well in The Bee’s Mouth on Western Road, so may have to venture to my old place of residence to catch them live at some point.