01 Aug, 2012

August ’12 CD of the Month: The Sparrow by Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia - The SparrowFrom New Zealand, James Milne got his start when the joined indie pop outfit the Brunettes. Fellow Brunettes member Ryan McPhun formed The Ruby Suns and recruited Milne as the bassist for the band. Though he had these awesome gigs, Milne wanted to express his finesse for classic songwriting, so Milne created the alter ego Lawrence Arabia, the kind of one-mand-band that mixes gloomy singer-songwriter tunes with infectious art pop. Milne has many a vocal talent too: one moment his vocals are reminiscent of John Lennon, the next David Byrne, yet he always retains a sound all his own.

For The Sparrow, Lawrence Arabia utilizies orchestral strings, horns, and piano arrangements to create an incredibly full sound. James enlisted the help of bassist Connan Mockasin (of Connan and the Mockasins) and talented drummer Elroy Fin. The Sparrow is romantic, quirky, and nostalgic, an album that puts a refreshing spin on pop classics.

Lawrence Arabia’s The Sparrow is Radio 1190’s CD of the Month for August.  Radio 1190 would like to thank Twist and Shout for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190′s CD of the Month Club, contact membership@radio1190.org.


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