I’m intrigued: Candie Payne, retro british orchestral pop

I have a secret weapon. (I have many secret weapons, actually.) His name is Gordon, a long-time reader (going back to my other blog, even) from the U.K. and he tells me about bands, especially those from the British Isles. He told me about Fionn Regan last August and I’ve been pretty obsessed and evangelical since. (Fionn’s playing this Saturday at Cafe du Nord! Go see him!) He also told me about Bat for Lashes months ago. Though I wasn’t as enthralled, I did have a little twinkle in my eye a few months later when the US blogs started talking about her because that was so yesterday to me. (Gordon recently urged me to listen to her album, which releases this week and is streaming in its entirety at spinner.)

In the latest batch of recommendations he recommended Candie Payne (myspace), knowing my predilection for Motown and its ilk. I am pretty intrigued, though this is still pretty premature.


source: promo shot

More than Motown, I’d compare this to things like Nancy Sinatra and stuff you may hear in an Austin Powers sound track. The only thing I can understand in this dutch review is something I was thinking anyway: like something from a James Bond soundtrack. Big, orchestra pop. The sound, though. I didn’t realize people remembered how to make songs that sound like this. Give one of these songs a listen and tell me if you’ve heard any music made in the last twenty years that has production and orchestration like this.

She even has some obscure indie band connection with her brothers involved in various indie bands.

“By Tomorrow” is a rollicking 60s-like girl group number, complete with sweet horn lines. It has plenty of quirks to it.

Candie Payne – By Tomorrow (mp3)

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“One More Chance” is a fun and upbeat number, that has a bit of twee (Belle & Sebastian at the very least) in it. I like the vocal melody and the backing vocals.

Candie Payne – One More Chance (mp3)

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You can listne to her album on her website.

Looks like it does have a stateside release or amazon’s selling the import for relatively cheap. [Update: the relatively cheap thing is actually an CD single.]



2 Responses to “I’m intrigued: Candie Payne, retro british orchestral pop”

  1. […] Adrian (me): Candie Payne – All I Need to Hear (mp3) (buy) I’m going through various 2007 albums in preparation of to make my top albums of 2007 list. I was immediately intrigued by Candie Payne’s album but I hadn’t listened through it in a while. After I listened to it again this week, I was finding myself not pressing repeat on this song, as is often the case when I’m obsessed with a song, but playing/ singing it through in my head. Not even the whole thing, really, just the refrain: “just one little white lie/ just one little white lie/ is all I need to hear/ what harm can it do?”. There’s something more than just the words, melody and orchestration in those moments. There’s some desperation, some need coming through in her voice. […]

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