Published Apr 22, 2014When your father was a member of the Beatles and your mother an acclaimed avant-garde/noise artist, you're allowed to take some creative liberties. Just ask Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono), who has spent nearly 25 years performing solo and with acts like Cibo Matto, Albert Hammond Jr. and his mother's group, the Plastic Ono Band.
But in recent years, Lennon has been living an almost modern-day rock'n'roll version of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson, having formed a romantic and creative partnership with British model/recording artist Charlotte Kemp Muhl, who he has recorded and toured with under the name the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or as they commonly go by now the GOASTT. Their newest LP, Midnight Sun, arrives April 29 through Lennon and Muhl's own Chimera Music. Until then, stream the album in full on Exclaim.ca.
Recorded in the four-year gap following the release of their roughshod Acoustic Sessions LP and the avant-electro pop La Carotte Bleue, Midnight Sun finds the atmospheric duo diving into an even deeper sonic territory, which a press release suggests takes listeners on "a guided tour of bold, shape-shifting sonic murals and evocative lyrical panoramas."
"Animals" and "Devil You Know" recall the super clean psych-pop of early-2000s the Flaming Lips and the heady atmospherics of Tame Impala (two bands GOASTT happened to tour with this past year). Tracks like "Last Call" and "Moth to a Flame," meanwhile, showcase the duo's ornate musicianship and penchant for groove-heavy ballads.
Hear for yourself by listening to Midnight Sun in the player below. Catch the GOASTT as they tour across North America beginning in May until early June.
05/02 New Jersey, NY – Vintage Vinyl
05/03 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
05/05 Washington, DC – U Hall
05/07 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
05/08 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
05/09 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
05/10 Oklahoma City, OK – ACM @ UCA Lab
05/12 Austin, TX – Red 7
05/14 Tuscon, AZ – Club Congress
05/15 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
05/16 San Diego, CA – Casbah
05/17 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
05/20 San Francisco, CA – GAMH
05/22 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
05/23 Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
05/24 Portland, OR – Mississppi Studios
05/27 Denver, CO – Bluebird
05/28 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
05/29 Des Moines, IA – Wooly's
05/30 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
05/31 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
06/01 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
06/03 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
06/04 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
06/05 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
06/06 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
06/07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
06/08 Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam Festival
* with M. Ward