Single Review: Erland and the Carnival – This Night

By on Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 2:00 pm

This past winter, Erland and the Carnival released their second album, ‘Nightingale’. It felt to me like a decided departure from their self-titled debut: like Noah and the Whale on their recent third album release ‘Last Night on Earth’, the trio (folk singer/guitarist Erland Cooper, multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong [Verve, Blur] and drummer David Nock) embraced electronics for their new album, with varied results.

Barely over 3 minutes, it’s a raucous little ditty that Tong explains as follows: “The lyrics are shamelessly borrowed from Morrissey and Lionel Bart’s Oliver, the music is part the Strokes‘ first album, part Television and part Banana Splits theme music.” Hmmm. Ordinarily, a description like that wouldn’t give me much confidence. Oddly though, it’s kind of a rocky Doors meets pop tune that will get your toes tapping in no time.

‘This Night’ is backed by new recording ‘Deep in Love’, the band’s reinterpretation of a song recorded in the 1950s. Cooper describes it as a tragic exposition of a pregnant woman who commits suicide because she cannot be with the father (gone off to sea), who later returns to find his love dead. If you’re wondering, darkness always seems to intrigue Erland and the Carnival: consider last year single’s ‘The Derby Ram’, about a youth’s tragic end by jumping from a roof.


The ‘This Night’ single from Erland and the Carnival is available starting today from Full Time Hobby.

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