1. Happier Things
2. Can’t You Just Want Me?
3. If I Loved You Less
4. The Lovers in the Café
5. All-Time Biggest Fans
Songs come to James Leesley in airless attics, dinner time chippies and late afternoon bookies shops; on long walks through town with a sandwich in each pocket, on morning runs through the park in lost-property trainers or on the top deck of the 52A with rain-laced windows and wet toe-ends.
He records on an old four-track machine using deadstock Metal Maxima cassettes sourced from an unnamed charity shop close to Bramall Lane. This machine kills flashiness. There is no room for garnish. Choice is minimised to serve the song, intimacy is maximised to serve the ache.
Studio Electrophonique is a semi-fictional collective of analogue romantics sent to reassure us that art is not some far off place, that sadness can be enjoyed like happiness and that glamour can descend like a minor key melody on the shoulders of anyone willing to pay their subs and the price of a day-return to Ballifield shops.
Studio Electrophonique’s latest record is a plaintive symphony of love and hope, yearning and hopelessness. “Happier Things EP” is released on 12′ vinyl and digital formats on 11 February 2022.