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New Releases: The Modesty Blaise | Modesty Blaise

After a 20-year hiatus, Bristol-based Avant indiepop outfit is back.



Modesty Blaise is back with their long-awaited third album ‘The Modesty Blaise’ via German label From Lo-Fi to Disco! This baroque pop collection is the band's first album in 20 years, having released their head-turning 'Melancholia' LP in 2001, featuring hit single 'Carol Mountain'.


"When everyone else was in their bedrooms working on guitar solos and dreaming of being a rock god, I was reading biographies of Cole Porter and listening to Gershwin and Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin. I try to write concise things, with deliberate moves away from that where necessary," says frontman and songwriter Jonny Collins.


Earlier, the band previewed several album tracks, including the latest 'Come Lie Beside Me', lead single 'Girls Just Wanna Dance' (a perfect orchestral pop song and live favorite singalong that is more Music Hall than Dance Hall), 'Sad Songs', 'I Love You' and 'Natalie Vendredi' (with its endearing nouvelle vague video).


Modesty Blaise have been around for a few decades in various guises. After forming in 1993, the band quickly recorded their debut single 'Christina Terrace' with the esteemed Edwyn Collins at the helm, garnering them immediate success with a live appearance on ITV and inclusion among many many end-of-year top music rankings. This acclaim however was not enough to quell the kind of internecine warfare that Modesty Blaise have become famous for.


After 'Melancholia', the band faced one delay after another with line-up changes and deteriorating personal circumstances. An all-too-familiar spiral, the years went by slowly but, no matter how bad it got, Jonny still had his guitars in his mum’s attic. "Melody, arrangement and countermelodies... The 3 minute pop single is, I’d contest, the summit of great art. It is timeless, and we consistently get it wrong confusing art with commerce. If your art (or your pop record) sounds like today, it may sound like yesterday pretty soon. Pop iconoclasm," says Jonny Collins.



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