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We Fell to Earth

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Perhaps the reason We Fell To Earth make such widescreen, spacious and cosmic music is down to where they first met. Wendy Rae Fowler and Richard File initially crossed paths at Rancho de la Luna Studios out in the High Desert of California, a building that stands alone among the cacti and Joshua trees. For many years there was even a horse tethered out front but now you’re more liable, as the evening descends, to find bands strumming guitars in the yard, enjoying a barbecue beneath the palm trees as the glittering night sky sprawls above them.

“At night Rancho de la Luna is this whole other thing,” says Wendy in a breathless southern twang, “There’s no light pollution and it seems like you’re closer to the stars – on most nights you can see shooting stars.”

The duo’s debut album contains grains of that desert night ambience. It bleeds an otherworldly quality tinged with psychedelia, melancholy and songs that float into the stratosphere. The opening ‘Spin This
Town’ canters spookily in on the ghost of Spacemen 3 at their mellowest, and the journey ahead contains musical tinges of everything from Jefferson Airplane to Suicide. Richard and Wendy’s way with
harmonies is almost ecclesiastical on the likes of ‘Lights Out’, but hypnotic electronics are never far away, notably on the pulsing, bleeping ‘Sovereign’. ‘Careful What You Wish For’, meanwhile, contains
a sad-eyed piano motif that just won’t quit, reeling listeners in and refusing to leave the memory. For the final song, ‘Undone’, the band acknowledge a debt to Ennio Morricone, turning up the spaghetti western heat, sassily emanating boot-scuffed dust and Mexican cantina percussion.

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