We’re glad to announce that London, United Kingdom-based space rock band Desert Ships have released a new single, entitled “Neon.”
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“Neon” follows the band’ 2019 album Eastern Flow, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and mixed by Mark Gardener (Ride). It’s the first single from Desert Ships’ upcoming album, Heavy Soup, and has been featured on Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 6 Music show, where she described the track as “sounding ace!”
Produced by vocalist/guitarist Mikey Buckley and recorded & mixed at his home studio during the global pandemic, Desert Ships–completed by Daniel McLean (bass/keys) and Claude Trejonis (drums/vocals) with Ant Baker (guitar/vocals)–demonstrate once again the quality of their craft and an astute ear for an entrancing arrangement.
“Neon” was mastered by Tim Turan (Supergrass, Killing Joke), and is accompanied by a promo video created by psychedelic film maker Gil De Ray, which you can check out here:
About the inspiration and songwriting process behind “Neon,” Mikey Buckley (guitar/vocals) writes:
“It was inspired in part from what I saw on late night drives through east london and the city during the first lockdown, and in part from the madness that comes from spending a lot of time at home alone and not adhering to a routine. Proper cabin fever. The daytimes were sunny so I’d sit on my roof and work on the song.
Claude (drums) and I made a bubble so we could meet up and work on the arrangement and record in my home studio. Daniel (bass) would fire in his magic bass and keys parts remotely.
The riff I’d had in my head for a while. I loved the idea of having space in this song. It was a departure from our previous record with its lush arrangements. This was dirty, fuzzy and lo-fi and made in a bedroom.”
“Neon” begins with fuzztone guitar chords and a hypnotic bassline, which together create an entrancing groove along with the steady, creative rhythms of the drums. Mikey Buckley’s relaxed vocals soon join in, their inspired lyrics building on the track’s dreamlike atmosphere quite nicely as they take the listener on a late-night journey through the empty streets of a big city. Swirling synths and mesmerizing vocal harmonies add further to “Neon”’s ethereal quality during the track’s choruses; while an effects-laden reverse guitar solo midway through the track brings about a wonderfully otherworldly sound, later complementing the psychedelic-sounding synths rather nicely at “Neon”’s conclusion.
For first-time listeners of Desert Ships, Mikey says, “Thanks for finding us. Press play, and press that loop button. There’s plenty more where this comes from.“
“Neon” is quite an enjoyable listen, demonstrating Desert Ships’ imaginative songwriting as well as their superb musicianship; I would highly recommend this track to fans of shoegaze, psychedelic- and alternative rock alike.
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