Relased by: SE Productions
Release Date: May 16th, 2016
2. We Are The Losers
3. I Will Find You (Gallifrey Dreams)
4. Ordinary Day
5. Little White Lies
6. Loneliness of Love
7. More Than Enough (Side 2 on vinyl)
8. Really Don’t Care
9. Oils and Bubbles
10. We Can Fly
What do you get when you combine funky, melodic hard rock with an extremely soulful female voice whose music encompasses virtually every musical influence from the rock, pop, and soul genres? You get London’s very own Space Elevator. I wasn’t quite certain what to expect from their sound as the band name doesn’t necessarily pin down any particular style. Needless to say when the album started, I was instantaneously hooked in by the catchiness of the sound and then totally reeled in when the vocals started. Though stylistically derivative of numerous musical types, they’re quite a unique approach to making hard rock music.
The most entrancing aspect of their s/t debut is easily the voice of The Duchess. Equal parts of an amalgamum of unlikely influences (I hear some Benatar, Aretha, Celine Dion, and even Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite) in this incredibly powerful voice, with such stunning control on top of that power. Able to take on the continued genre hopping without showing any signs of being unable to handle it. From the funky opener “Elevator” to the melodic pop of “Ordinary Day” to the AOR rock of “Little White Lies” to the blues and soul inflected “Really Don’t Care,” Space Elevator create their own sound with a mish mash of so many flavors, without losing what makes them…well, them. I really dig this album quite a lot. The band itself is chock full of talented musicians with David Young on guitar, Chas Maquire on bass, and Brian Greene on drums.
If you like your rock with a little bit of funk and soul to it, and a new band with an absolute tight and stunning debut Space Elevator’s s/t album might do the trick for you. It’s quite a brilliant mix of so much diversity there’s bound to be something there for everyone with a keen ear for melodic music. Just by listening to this album I got the feeling that they would thrive even more on a stage, with their songs geared towards having a good time and celebrating their music.
Written by: Chris Martin