"There's nothing scientific about great music," observes David Champion, one half of the Isle of Wight sibling duo Champs, "it's just knowing how chords should move, what note will elevate a melody. It's feeling and passion. Simple really." David and brother Michael pretty much practice what they preach on debut album Down Like Gold (March 3 PIAS U.K.), a collection of songs brimming with both melancholy and melody. Nothing too raggedy, nothing too buttoned up -- just a quaint U.K folk feel and loose indie attitude tucked firmly inside Brit Invasion nostalgia. It is a reflection, perhaps, of the countrified beards-and-flannel hippie atmosphere that's adhered to the area since the island's legendary 1970 music festival. "There’s nothing but an absolute admission to one’s undeniable joy when hearing it’s compound beauty," says The Line of Best Fit while Mojo calls Gold a "dazzling folk/pop crush." Click through below to hear (and watch) "St. Peters" and grab a free download track.
Champs - "My Spirit Is Broken" (from Down Like Gold)
Champs - "St. Peters" (from Down Like Gold)
Free Download of "Only A Bullet Knows Where to Run" here.