THE LONG HOURS BETWEEN SUNSET AND MORNING

by The Idyllists

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  • While the majority of working class citizens spent their late hours crafting dreams, like any other night shifter, THE IDYLLISTS were
    busy plucking away at theirs. The four young, tightly-knit Los Angeleno musicians used the iconic, fast-paced Sunset Boulevard and
    many long, late nights as the motivation and inspiration for THE LONG HOURS BETWEEN SUNSET & MORNING. The same
    concrete that Charles Bukowski, Jim Morrison, Elvis and millions of other dreamers and believers once strolled through provided the
    influential backdrop for British frontman Ian Webber, guitarist Matthew Barge, bassist George Mohler, and drummer Sam Gallagher.
    The famous 22-mile boulevard bends through an eclectic mix of lifestyles, cultures, and social statuses that pass through the gates of
    Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel-Air, and Beverly Hills to the back alleys of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. The album's title,
    dedication and musicianship found within are equally pertinent to the sweat and tears exerted from Oxford Street in London, Beale
    Street in Memphis, 6th Street in Austin, or Yonge Street in Toronto.
    THE LONG HOURS BETWEEN SUNSET & MORNING plays like a throwback to drive-thru movies, Sunliner convertibles, carefree
    walks along the water, and romance -- all while maintaining relevance to 2009. The 11-track debut delves into the same life and love
    struggles found not only in the glorious days of the 50s and 60s,  but also in today's world. The Idyllists not only prove that they
    could've been The London Fog house band or found amongst Rodney Bingenheimer's vinyl collection during the 60s, but also a steady
    mainstay directly across the street at The Viper Room in modern day 2009.
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Dammit, I'm already sold but you just keep selling! I've latched onto The Idyllists as one of my favourites for 2009, and I swear it's not just for aesthetic reasons. It's for their wonderfully ear-pleasing blend of new and old-timey britpop, even though they're based in LA.

The Idyllists released their debut The Long Hours Between Sunset & Morning earlier this year and it's eleven tracks about love. No kidding, I think they use "love", "loving", "lover" or another variation of the word at least once in every track. Even so, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's really all those details in youthful love sickness and longing that make this album as good as it is.

On their press release, they're described as the sound of Morrissey having a drink with Elvis and Johnny Cash at a Buddy Holly show. But all name dropping aside, the Idyllists are instantly charming and smile-inducing, even if they do tend to remind you of the one that got away. You're Gonna Break My Heart Someday opens the album, and is really a perfect introductory song to the band and what they're all about. They're the culmination of bright acoustic guitars, jaunty keyboards and pianos and group harmonies. They're infectious hand-clapping and catchy pop choruses topped with puppy-dog-eyed vocals. The bittersweet track I Think It's Going To Rain solidifies my belief that a lot of the best songs in the world are about rain and tracks like The Long Way make me actually miss the feeling of being lovesick. Yes again, this is an album of love songs. So it's something incredibly hard-hitting when the final track on the album, A Different Affair, keeps insisting that there's nothing in a love song that I could say or do. The power of persuasion never worked on you.The Long Hours Between Sunset & Morning is a short and sweet. It totals to just about forty minutes, and most tracks are under three minutes long which leaves us wanting more. Luckily, the boys waste no time because according to their facebook page, they're finishing up the sophomore album already. Fantastic! I can hardly contain myself.
Oh, and for anyone that might be interested, I've done a proper tally now. Ten out of the eleven tracks on the The Long Hours Between Sunset & Morning use "love" or another variation of the word in the lyrics. But don't go thinking that the one outlier song isn't about love. Because it totally is.
review by betty d.
thanks betty!

credits

released February 9, 2009

ian webber voice/guitar
matthew barge acoustic guitar/piano
george mohler bass
sam gallagher drums

recorded in los angeles summer 2008
produced by the idyllists with dave cobb and jeffery saenz
mixed by mark rains

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Ian Webber - Vocals / Guitar
Matthew Barge - Guitar / Piano
Sam Gallagher - Drums
George Mohler - Bass Guitar
Daniel Dempsey - Organ

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