Tipsy In Chelsea just released a brand new EP entitled Gaslighter. Though if one were to take a listen, one might not suspect that this classic-sounding collection came out of 2017. One might be inclined to suspect something out of the mid seventies; to be mentioned in conversation with the likes of The Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, and maybe an even earlier dash of The Byrds. This EP could easily be construed as a remaster of some classic American music.
One doesn’t want to keep on the idea of the album being a throwback, but the feel is so incredibly retro, that it is difficult to avoid. Though that’s not to say it is by any means a bad thing. The retro feel is something that is beloved by hipsters the world over, and there is a real surge of musicians attempting to really capture the classic, while still forging forward with some form of modernity.
Tipsy In Chelsea hardly bothers to push further into modernity. On the contrary, this four-piece band, separated by over fifteen hundred kilometres, brings this distance to bear against the modern, and digs deep into the past for a wellspring of ditties, licks, riff, and rhythms that really transport the listener back in time. That being said, not all of the tracks transport one to the same era.
For example, a cover of Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day‘ (while slower), is certainly reminiscent of the seventies. But original ‘Twisted‘ brings a great amount of orchestration, and rhythm that is very nineties in an almost peppy version of Portishead. There is indeed an unexpected mish-mash of musical history in this EP. While it could be seen to be therefore unfocused, Tipsy In Chelsea has honed like elements from each era they pull, and in combination perhaps finds a new way forward through the past. There is even some eighties quality to this work in the usage of classic score music (perhaps from the film Gaslighter), that reminds one of Living Colour (not to mention the much slower, lounge cover of 1980 song ‘Precious To Me‘, by Phil Seymour).
Perhaps the biggest gripe that one has with this album (besides perhaps not opening the EP on a strong note) is the fact that it is just an EP. This reviewer would love to see what Tipsy In Chelsea could do with a full length album. Given that the band itself, as well as this new EP were forged out of loss, heartache, and haunting memories, it’s incredible how relatively upbeat the tunes are, in spite of the content. This seeming contradiction really makes for some interesting music, whether cover or original composition. Singer Trish Thompson perhaps best sums up what Gaslighter is all about: “The common thread is dealing with the challenges of life…dealing with loss of life or love, challenging relationships and confliction with others or yourself.”
Anyone with a real taste for retro should check out this touching, lounging, and loving new EP by Tipsy In Chelsea. To give a listen to the album, head on over HERE, and to keep up to date with this awesomely out of date band, swing on over HERE! Oh, and this reviewers top pick for most catchy, and touching original tune on the EP? ’You Are The Sun‘.