Exclusive Spin: Tempest le Mans — When the Sun Hit

Exclusive Spin / News / Special Features / June 14, 2017

Shortly after “When the Sun Hit” — the second single from Tempest le Mans’ Apology EP — begins it seems to stop entirely. Before this pause, the track grows sleepy and hazy, aided by vocalist Nathan Castiel’s soporific delivery, with stringy guitar coloring in the reverie. After the break, John Rockwell coaxes in a new musical climate. It’s this Los Angeles quartet’s brush with speed, swirling bass-and-drum duality, and covert relationship drama. The result isn’t completely sunny, as Castiel’s register never leaves its dazed affectation behind, but this track’s once-dormant solar flare explodes into focus for a clever indie-rock ride. Listen below.

Apology will be released June 28th digitally, as well as on CD and cassette.

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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.

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