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Recorded in Echo Zoo Studios Eastbourne The Equatorial Group’s debut though steeped in mellow, languid strains the listener is invariably drawn to their music. Hungry to discover more about the songs, scratch beneath the surface of their thoughts, inspiration, even during the dark and cold of what has been a long winter. Members Helen Weeks (vocals, pedal steel, acoustic guitar), Dave Davies (vocals, guitars), Andy Tourle (bass, vocals) Teresa Fox (keys, vocals) and Mike Tourle (drums) through reflecting on life, a breakup or two found themselves up for the challenge.
From the opening cut "Lights Shine" the cast is set, and though more mellow on occasions than one's mood might demand there is always sufficient to hold the attention of the listener till the next track.
Wistful lead (vocals) on direct ode, “Toy Shark”; warmed in urgent instrumental work lifts the tempo, albeit a temporary shift. "Farewell My Lovely" is a nicely number, propelled by drums,and an all-round steady rhythm section Weeks speaks of wondering if they may work tonight; and there’s “Electric Night” sombre. Gentle, waltz-like paced “Those Dudes” (Davies low pitched lead vocals bathed in emotive steel guitar, organ and harmony vocals has a wonderful calming effect. Meanwhile, to my surprise and delight Weeks kicks up her heels (superbly) on aptly titled tale “Motorbikes”. It comes with splendid harmonies, and some of the most enjoyable picking on the record; it seems to be contagious since they go one farther with the busy brass, electric, bass guitar highlighted “Sometime In Spring”. Nice work, The Equatorial Group!
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