Album - new.
Cinerama, David Gedge's 'other' band, are set to release a new album, Valentina, on the 18th May via Scopitones. David is best known as the guiding force behind indie rock legends The Wedding Present and Valentina is actually a radical reworking of The Wedding Present's eighth studio album of the same name, released in 2012 to critical acclaim. Harbouring a long-term dream to record one version of an album as The Wedding Present and another (with reworked songs) as Cinerama, David's initial plan was to release two albums simultaneously but he soon realised that this was an undertaking that would take many years to accomplish. So, after deciding on using Valentina for this ambitious project, the decision was made to stagger the releases to allow time to complete the complex arrangements involved with the Cinerama version. Orchestral and cinematic in sound, Valentina still maintains the classic pop sensibilities with which David Gedge and The Wedding Present made their name. Inspired by his love of film scores and classic pop music, the album is unfettered by the traditional wall of raging Wedding Present guitars. From the first blast of horns to the last twinkle of piano keys, the record sparkles; a total departure from the original version, as David intended it to be. From album opener 'You're Dead' with its delightful, easy-listening lounge feel, to the up-tempo, literate pop of 'Back A Bit...Stop', carefully crafted lyrics and charming vocal melodies blend effortlessly in this part orchestral, part big band setting. Gedge shines in his alternate guise as a chanteur - his personality, poetry, vulnerability and resilience are all evident on such tracks as the piano ballad 'Mystery Date' and the baroque pop of 'Deer Caught In The Headlights'. Spanish indie legend Pedro Vigil was recruited to assist with arrangements and add some Las Vegas style swagger to the record. Pedro recruited musicians from his local area of Asturias and then the album was mixed in the picturesque town of El Puerto de Santa Maria with another Spanish celebrity... Paco Loco. Paco, in an impassioned dinner time speech, declared David's voice on the record to be one of his 'favourite vocals ever'.