Thursday, April 16, 2009

On my turntable: Wendy & Lisa - White Flags of Winter Chimneys

For starters, let me say "Thank You" to ladies Coleman & Melvoin for pressing their new album on vinyl. White Flags of Winter Chimneys (2008) is the first new Wendy & Lisa album since 1998's Girl Bros, and their first vinyl release since 1990's masterful Eroica. The LP is limited to 1,000 copies, pressed on virgin 180 gram colored vinyl (pictured below - image lifted from amazon.com), and housed in a stunning gatefold sleeve. Equally stunning is the music inside, specially mastered for this fancy vinyl release.

Winter Chimneys was written during the writer's strike in Hollywood, when Wendy & Lisa (who write & record the musical score for Heroes) were temporarily out of work. Sonically, this new material almost picks up where Girl Bros left off, in that Wendy & Lisa wrote and performed everything themselves. Lyrically the tone is more upbeat (GB was a response to the tragic death of brother Jonathan Melvoin in '96). What strikes me most listening to this album is how developed & refined the individual styles of these performers have become: Lisa with her fragile, delicate, at times whisper of a voice, contrasted with Wendy's bold, assertive confidence. The mix works flawlessly, and even more so when accented by the piano chords that have become Lisa's trademark (chords that, in my opinion, once added a color that has been sadly absent from Prince's post-'87 output).

After just a couple of listens, I can't say enough good things about this record. If you are a Wendy & Lisa fan (or even a Revolution fan), you will appreciate this album. The White Flags of Winter Chimneys LP is available as part of a deluxe package direct from Wendy & Lisa's official site, or through Amazon.com if you just want the LP.

3 comments:

Jay said...

I just placed my order...

HiRize said...

haven't had a chance to listen yet, family crisis has me at the hospital most of the time. next week should have some spare time to get caught up on my spins. any fave tracks yet?

Jeff said...

Chuck - Sorry to hear about the family crisis! Hope that you're holding up OK. Fave track right now is Salt & Cherries, but I also love Invisible, Niagra Falls. I think this is some of their best work.