Friday, 6 September 2013

Dean Wareham - Love Is Colder Than Death

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It's a little difficult to believe that this is the first solo material from Dean Wareham for over twenty years, but then the man's full of surprises anyway. For example, one of America's finest songwriters is actually from New Zealand, so feel free to adopt your best Michael Caine voice and tell your mates that "not a lot of people know that". Speaking of acting, he's also taken on several film roles in recent years. So the regular facts of him forming Galaxie 500 in the '80s, followed by Luna and more recently collaborations with ex Luna bandmate (and his wife) Britta Phillips, as well as the legendary Sonic Boom have lesser known company.

In short, he's had his finger in a lot of pies over the years, so why the lengthy gap between solo material we don't know. But what a way to relaunch it. 'Love Is Colder Than Death' naturally sounds like much of his other work: his voice is very distinctive. This country-tinged number shimmers about in the light, veering away from the flooded US singer-songwriter market with its own (much imitated) style. Call it dreampop if you like, but it's perhaps too upbeat despite those lethargic tones warming your cockles and keeping you fully engaged. We can't say we've missed Dean, because he hasn't been away, but it's nice to hear him go it alone for a change.

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Nov 12 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Nov 14 Largo, Los Angeles, CA

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