For Fans Of: Pulp, Disco, Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds.
The CE have been together since 2000 and earlier this year released their debut album proper “The Melancholy Death Of…”, an ambitious work that encompassed genres as diverse as prog-rock, folktronica and disco against a backdrop of lush, orchestral pop. It was universally well received, notably by the NME (8/10) “Interstellar Autumn” EP, is a 5 track CD single showcasing, in contrast to the album’s moody magnificence, the band’s more playful pop side.
The eponymous title track is a rare cover version medley. Here They combine Justin Hayward’s 70’s classic “Forever Autumn” (War Of The Worlds’ ost) with Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive”. The result is equal parts madness and inspiration, but played with such conviction that there is no hint of novelty.
Equal billing on the EP is shared with “You’re The Prettiest Thing”, the stand-out track from debut album, its Chic production and Studio 54 glamour enough to send you spinning optimistically across the disco floor.
Completing the EP are three more songs exclusive to this release: “Karin”, an uptempo pop number reminiscent of Pulp in their pomp; a cover of label mates The Butterflies of Love’s “Belt and Shoelaces” that adds a dance beat and a vocoder to the original’s musings on terrorism and the police state; and a radio edit of “Forever Autumn”.
1. Interstellar Autumn
2. You're The Prettiest Thing
4. Belt And Shoelaces
5. Forever Autumn (Radio Edit)