“Their songs manage to capture a lovelorn sense of melancholia” The Guardian
‘Savannah’ is the new single from Champs, AKA brothers Michael and David Champion from the Isle of Wight. Timeless and elegantly constructed, ‘Savannah’ zips along on a memorable piano riff, above which soar the beautifully bruised vocals of the Champion brothers. ‘Savannah’ is taken from Champs debut album ‘Down Like Gold’, which is released on February 24th 2014 on Play It Again Sam.
‘Down Like Gold’ was recorded at Studio Humbug, an old water tower inside the walls of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s retreat on the north of the island. What Champs came out of the tower with is a collection of songs that shiver and sway, strung out there between the sheer uplifting melancholic bite of ‘Too Bright To Shine’ and the gorgeously melodic twists and turns of ‘My Spirit Is Broken’. The Velvets-like ‘Pretty Much’ is a classic break-up song, marking that moment when you see that certain someone again six months down the line and they’re out and looking happy and you’re still a complete, broken-hearted mess. Then there’s ‘Down Like Gold’, a stunningly beautiful, utterly careworn frozen-landscape lament.
From the Victorian seaside resort of Ventnor, Michael and David were originally in different bands, but once they began to write together they developed a unique and striking depth to their vocal harmonies. Working with a pair of tape machines, they worked out how to multi-track by listening to Sleepy Jackson, Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and ‘Revolver’-period Beatles. Other Champs influences include Fleet Foxes and early REM, especially ‘Murmur’.
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