slow fall on egypt

by blonde elvis

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a meditation on sexual conquest as metaphor for regional politics

from pitchfork :

As their names suggests, Toronto quintet Blonde Elvis are all about tarting up rock tradition. Frontman Jesse James Laderoute has long lurked in the fringes of the city’s indie-rock scene, having played drums for local chameleon Slim Twig and fronted his own caustic avant-rock outfit, Young Mother. But Blonde Elvis is the vehicle through which he can indulge his love of stardust-speckled psychedelic pop without shame or noise-splattered obfuscation.

Where last spring's "Fit For Her" built into a towering, Bowie-buoyed sing-along, the cold-starting "Slow Fall on Egypt" sees Laderoute stuffing all manner of Brit Invasion melodies, heavenly harmonies, bridge-crashing choruses, falsettoed middle-eights, and flute solos into two minutes flat, as if Robert Pollard was holding a gun to his head. But, as the anthemic refrain attests, such enforced generosity ultimately serves "the betterment of our lives."

from exclaim :

Toronto glam-popsters Blonde Elvis are still in the midst of prepping their full-length debut record, but they have unveiled a new single called "Slow Fall on Egypt."

A press release describes the new tune as "a step forward in terms of production," that pays homage to Roxy Music's baroque art rock and Pulp's Britpop stylings. Add in a little bit of psychedelia and you've got the song that band leader Jesse James Laderoute describes with the phrase: "sexual conquest as a metaphor for regional politics."

Clocking in at just over two minutes, it's a short, sweet cut.


released 25 September 2014



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blonde elvis Toronto, Ontario

"It’s pop music as deftly realized as it is imaginatively conceived, and that is a rare thing indeed." - Silent Shout

"Literate pop...A synth-specked lament for youthful idealism...A great new song from Toronto's most sarcastically swaggering Anglophile." - Chart Attack
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