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Split albums – a way forward?

PB_LEBWe get a lot of stuff sent to us at ELM Towers, some of it good, some of it bad and some of it nothing more than yet more material for the ever-growing pyre of all that is unholy in the corner which will one day be doused in paraffin and burned. Occasionally we get something quite interesting through the door, and one such thing is ‘Split Album’ by Planet Brain and Lebatol.

Right about now, much in the way we were, you’ll be thinking ‘Planet Brain and Lebatol? That’s an awful name.’ And you would be right. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the ‘and’ is simply there to notify you that you are actually dealing with two bands here. Both have recorded five songs and decided to share an album.

It’s not a bad idea at all, actually. Recording costs are going up while the money to pay for it is harder to find than ever. For new acts who are self-financing (or in this case, smaller labels maintaining tight budgets) it’s a great way to watch costs whilst getting the music out into the public domain. I also quite like the idea, it appeals to the bargain-hunting musical saddo in me. Getting to know two bands for the price of one appeals to head and wallet. Which is obviously good this weather.

Best of all, in this instance, the music is really rather decent. Planet Brain are an Italian band who meld melody and shoegazing into something dreamy and rather lovely. Lebatol are a fairly aggressive rock band with hints of gypsy (honestly) and some heavy duty riffs.

Well, we’re all for innovation round these parts and think this may be something we see more often going forward. Anything which helps get more bands the chance to showcase their work gets our vote.

Split Album is released on 7th September on Function Records.

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One Response

  1. Have even seen split singles. Times are hard indeed.

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