Great Pagans' shimmery sadness will soothe your soul. SPIN Magazine
...starts off in dreamlike suspended animation before cleverly morphing a house rhythm into a Smiths jangler. NME
British noise-pop outfit Great Pagans will release their new album ‘Cupid In Error’ on Monday 20th October 2014 by Gazelle Twin’s Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records. To celebrate the announcement of the new album, Great Pagans are streaming two new songs ‘December’ & ‘So Pure’ below.
Forming in 2012 around the songwriting of front man Alex Painter, Great Pagans are part of the highly creative Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective/label based in Brighton, United Kingdom. Anti-Ghost Moon Ray is concerned with cultivating a carefully curated release catalogue, and as a co-founding member (alongside fellow acts Gazelle Twin, Acquaintance, Bernholz) Alex and the band, adhere to the central ethos of independence and artistic freedom.
Drawing their name from a well-thumbed copy of Dante’s Inferno, Great Pagans’ music often echoes the limbo state of their Purgatorial namesakes - a state between joy and melancholy, a comforting sadness.
Following their well-received eponymous EP last year, ‘Cupid In Error’ is the band’s debut album. It primarily documents the end of a long relationship and the ageless, echoing vibrations that come with it, an honest reflection of redefining oneself. The recording of the album reasserts their DIY philosophy, taking place in a variety of makeshift spaces, including churches and cluttered basements, being mixed between Brighton and Vancouver, Canada.
Great Pagans draw from a love of 80’s underground indie, heard through a hazy dream, hinting at the experimental pop of Talking Heads and David Bowie. Painter’s wistful vocals conjure the yearning of The Smiths and The Sundays whilst the band’s restrained boisterous moments invoke the cathartic noise of The Pixies and Sonic Youth.
Playing alongside notable acts including Esben & The Witch, Traams and Wolf Alice, Great Pagans project a powerful live force, an aspect they were keen to transport from the live stage to the recorded album.
Artist: Great Pagans
Title: ‘Cupid In Error’
Label: Anti-Ghost Moon Ray
Release Date: October 20th
Format: CD | Vinyl | Digital Download
2. So Pure
3. Happy Now
4. Tangled Up In Chemistry
5. Silver Tongue
6. The Life You Wanted
7. Just Like My Father
8. Rest Assured
9. Berlin Idiot
10. From Scratch