The Late Cord were one of 2006’s little known joys. Sure, Micah P. Hinson was chattered about in hush tones throughout the web but mostly for his solo material. John-Mark Lapham is the other force behind the Late Cord. Lapham has his hands full at the moment with his transatlantic friends the Earlies whose new album ‘The Enemy Chorus’ is destined to be one of the years finest. The Late Cord chose to record their debut EP in a basement bolthole in Abilene, Texas and one wonders whether the setting was partly responsible for producing such an eerie yet startling work. ‘My Most Meaningful Relationships Are With Dead People’ has been featured here before but the highlight of the album is undoubtedly the opening track ‘Lila Blue’ that plays like the most uplifting funeral lament ever written. Goosebumps are inevitable, this is such a precious piece of music it will likely stay with you forever. If on the other hand it fails to move you I’ll get someone to put some flowers on your plot. KD
The Late Cord – Lila Blue
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