by Harry Hodgson
The first single from Lambchop’s new record, Showtimes, is a song that encapsulates life and all its beauty – an alluring, spine-tingling ode to the nature of our existence that’s delivered though Wagner’s intimate, frail, yet instantly recognisable voice.
Stripped back even further than This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You), and hot on the heels of last year’s cover record, Trip, the delicate emotions of A Chef’s Kiss are the perfect taster for new album, Showtunes. But despite the minimalism, A Chef’s Kiss’ true depth shows itself on repeated listens, as Wagner is found pondering the big questions – ‘life will be the death of us all’. While on his first song with the band, Yo La Tengo’s James McNew offers delicate bass notes, before soft, triumphant horns bring the song to a close – adding a layer of grand magnificence.
Showtunes is out on 21st May through City Slang.
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