I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to listen to a bunch of bands over the years; getting into punk, emo, screamo, hardcore, indie and DIY when I was a kid has given me a lot of good times with people I never met, but still consider friends. But, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had was when I randomly browsed the The Saddest Landscape-blog about a year ago, and just saw the name The New & Very Welcome on one of the posts. I decided to check it out, and I’ve never been more captivated in my life.
It’s amazing how so little can do so much; An acoustic guitar and a voice. That’s it. An amazing voice, but still… I remember sitting up all night, just plowing through every single song on the bandcamp-site, and loving every one of them. I remember sending Jess a message on Myspace after the first song, saying “I gotta have this!”. But, stupid as I was, I forgot to include my e-mail and I never check my Myspace-account… Luckily, she’s a member of the Boston-branch of the Little Ladies Detective Agency, and she sent me an e-mail about the records she had in stock, and also flattering me about the Her Breath on Glass 6″ LTA put out.
A while later, I met up with Andy (Her Breath on Glass, The Saddest Landscape) at Cry Me A River Festival in Germany, and he told me that Jess was thinking of doing a TSL-cover record. I jumped on it at once (even though, he goes around telling people that he needed to talk me into it…).
And here we are; About a year later.
The record is done. The record is amazing. Andy and the rest of TSL did an amazing job creating these songs, Jess did an equally great one crafting them into something unique and personal. This, my friends, is THE 7″ that speaks to you. I haven’t heard anything like this in a long, long time, and still it’s so familiar. Like a friend you haven’t seen in years, but know everything about. Like the book/ record/ movie you know by heart, and remember every single detail after 2seconds, but you can’t put it away.
This is truly a work of art; This is an extremely personal interpretation of songs that are extremely personal thoughts; This is The New & Very Welcome – Bouquet of Traffic Lights.
1. We Wanted The Sky
2. Statue Of A Girl (May 15th)
3. The Temptation That Is You
Limited versions will be posted soon