Interview With Chalk And Numbers
CHARMING, WANTON, LUSTY AND BASKING IN AN ANALOGUE AFTERGLOW
Brooklyn’s Chalk And Numbers smelt a range of influences – from The Beach Boys, Dusty Springfield and all things Motown, via the last two decades of indie – to create girl-group saturated nuggets of modern haute-pop which reek of charm, taste of honey and shine and gleam with a sunny sheen. Thankfully, in this troubled modern age cluttered with 1s and 0s, they shun digitalism completely and use older analogue recording techniques to capture the warming glow of their antiquated sounds and reveal their influences in a more organic way. Sable Yong’s contemporary vocals are a perfect fit for their stripped-back production and her tender tones hark back to the great voices of yesteryear whilst Andrew Pierce’s lavish arrangements skulk around in the shadows with a rare verve and capricious eccentricity. Their songs are odes from the heart; wanton, lusty, busty and tinged with regret. Whilst there is an undeniable element of lo-fi to Chalk And Numbers they don’t drink from the overly-distorted cup of fuzz and flange. Instead their aim is simply to create great-sounding, timeless, modern pop music. They are prochronistic in their achronicity because you’ve always got to look back to move on. Right?
If all this sounds like a good day at the office then you should download Summer Nights here for nowt and check out the video for Let’s Go Away below.