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Oh Minnows // ‘You’ll Never Know Us’

June 28, 2011 by  

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Oh Minnows // ‘You’ll Never Know Us’

Signed to Young and Lost Club (Noah & The Whale, Exlovers, Golden Silvers), Oh Minnows is the dreamy new project from Chris Steele-Nicholson who is better known as the multi-instrumentalist from cult indie trio Semifinalists. “Semifinalists was a collective effort, and it was great fun,” he says. “You’d get an idea going then someone would step in and take it in a direction you didn’t expect. It was like being in control and having no control at the same time. Oh Minnows is just me having to confront my views on my own.”

Following the break-up of Semifinalists in 2009, Chris began working as Oh Minnows and released ‘Might EP’ the same year. Since then, a full length album has been his main focus and ‘For Shadows’ will be out later in the year, the first full length LP to be released solely by Young and Lost Club.

‘For Shadows’ is characterised but woozy synths, effected vocals and thoughtful, philosophical lyrics punctuated by bursts of colour and sound. The process of making this album took the transatlantic-based American across the USA and back, from a warehouse in Chicago to a studio in San Francisco and finally a beach house in North Carolina. He has used authentic ‘80s synths and effects boxes throughout, and the result is a warmly human form of electronic music.



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