Taken from eponymous debut 5-track EP due this August
Fast rising LMNL (Simon Batten) dreams up mesmeric, alt-pop jams on his forthcoming self-titled debut EP due this August, pre-empting its release with a wonderfully melancholic single ‘Moonlight Cinema’, released with Upcycled Sounds Records.
A lament to the pitfalls of doomed romance, ‘Moonlight Cinema’ opens the record with swirling synths enveloping the stuttering acoustic guitars, the singers pleadingly powerless against their own desires and destinies. Simon details the track: “I wanted to capture the heightened emotions that come from the summer heat here in Florence, when the light at sunset renders everyone at their most beautiful. The song takes its name from an outdoor cinema with neon lighting that hasn’t changed a bit since the 80s. I thought it would be the perfect setting for a coming-of-age movie from that era.”
LMNL, a new project from Simon Batten, emerged from the Oxford, UK scene before moving to Florence, Italy. His prolific output of songs, projects and collaborations have been met with critical acclaim, including multiple top 20 placements in global dance charts and 8 in the Beatport Charts for ‘Roda’ with Glowal. He has opened for James Walsh, The Veils, Verdana and Thegiornalisti, and his music has been spun around the world by DJs including Solomun, Agoria, Brina Knauss, Adriatique and Tale of Clubs.
LMNL is now honing a bewitching solo sound drawing on diverse influences across electronica, krautrock, Americana and turntablist producers, alongside pop lyricism and bittersweet, deeply personal lyrics. LMNL’s debut eponymous EP continues in his intimate yet collaborative style. Poignant vocals and detailed synthscapes were home-recorded, before being arranged and produced by Nicholas O’Brien and Hannah Jacobs at Upcycled Sounds Studio in the UK. The EP features vocals from actor Cecilia Casini, who Simon had met and sung with during his English Language teaching at Teatro della Toscana. The record will be released on Upcycled Sounds Records this August.
Lyrics – Simon Batten
Music – Simon Batten
Lead vocals and synths – Simon Batten
Backing vocals – Cecilia Casini and Hannah Jacobs
Production and arrangement – Simon Batten and Upcycled Sounds
Mixing – Upcycled Sounds
Mastering – Felix Davis at Metropolis Studios