A1 Forces Darling
A2 China Doll
A3 Dear Klara
A4 Casting Couch
A5 Lost In Transit
A6 Garçon Dans Le Vent
B1 Takes One To Know One
B2 Victimless Crime
B3 Slaves To The City
B4 The Russians
A Terrible Splendour are a London-based duo who weave tales of blackmail and despair, of cruelty and of heartbreak. Their sound is a darkly luxurious synthesized pop. They make a drama out of a crisis.
The band’s limited edition cassette EP, released on Desire in autumn 2012, sold out fast and left audiences wanting more. Their wish is now granted with the release of the band’s debut album Poseurs, released on desire.
Available in LP, CD and digital format, it features 11 tracks ranging in style from dissolute disco to sombre cabaret musings. Resolutely modern synth sounds, in turn lush and vicious, combine with lyrics addressing the eternal themes of rebellion, shame and the vagaries of outrageous fortune.
It was recorded by the band with James Aparicio (credits include Spiritualized, These New Puritans, Grinderman) and JJD (Soft Riot, Savage Furs, Radio Berlin).
Tracks from this album have previously featured on several compilations, such as 290.625 by Flexiwave (first run sold out) and the Ninthwave electro-pop sampler (#1 on the Amazon USA free download chart). They are currently involved in releasing ‘And You’ll Find Them In the Basement’, a compilation documenting the modern London synth scene.
Their live shows are a theatre of love and death, with performances drawing on Weimar-era cabaret. The recent self-made video for their track Victimless Crime displays an aesthetic that references German Impressionist cinema and gothic storytelling.
Limited to 300 copies. Includes download card.