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Prelude to Ecstasy

The Last Dinner Party

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The Last Dinner Party is a love-them-or-hate-them band: Either you are charmed by the theatricality—the high-fashion take on barmaid/wench costumery, singer Abigail Morris' over-the-top delivery, the musical girl-power of it all—or you are likely to roll your eyes. Lush, louche, lusty and fun, the band's songs and style draw from a history of Siouxsie Sioux, Bryan Ferry, Florence Welch and early '80s New Romantics. It's the kind of grand-scale zeitgeist shift, kick-started by Wet Leg, that was inevitable after the humble trend of lo-fi bedroom pop. "Nothing Matters," the alternative-radio hit, is truly excellent, with an alchemic formula of clicky New Wave drums, hair-metal guitar riffs, vivid trumpets and a cathartic chorus meant to be shouted at shows: "And you can hold me like he held her/ And I will fuck you like nothing matters." "Caesar on a TV Screen" is wonderfully weird, encompassing swoony verses, a mischievous Roxy Music-style pre-chorus and a majestic chorus. Morris (who sounds like her arched eyebrow never drops) chews up all the scenery—over-enunciating, milking her English accent, and having the time of her life—with lines like "And just for a second, I could be one of the greats/ I am Caesar on a TV screen, champion of my fate!" Earworm "My Lady of Mercy" is about having a crush on Joan of Arc and sounds like crusaders rushing into battle, complete with cheerleader handclaps, rumble-strip rhythm, a snarling guitar line from Emily Robert and a monster chorus. The Infectious "Sinner" offers tempestuous Morris the sweetened foil of guitarist Lizzie Mayland, as the two trade verses and harmonize over Aurora Nishevci's baroque piano; it feels like a delightful game of cat-and-mouse. Appropriately, Prelude to Ecstasy is mixed by A-list producer Alan Moulder, who has a long history of working with high-drama bands like My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails and Interpol, and he helps The Last Dinner Party go up to 11: Spinal Tap meets Velvet Goldmine. (Visually, it's hard to recall a rock band having this much fun with fashion—referencing everything from Picnic At Hanging Rock to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette—since early Duran Duran and Culture Club.) Even the less-bombastic moments, like ballerina-sweet piano ballad "On Your Side" or the chamber pop of "Portrait of a Dead Girl," play cinematically. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Prelude To Ecstasy
00:01:36

ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Serafina Steer, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair Goodwin, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Humphris, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Becker, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elsa Bradley, Timpani, Tubular Bells, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Blair, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Howarth, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Brewster, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rocío Bolaños, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Myall, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Dinner Party

2
Burn Alive
00:03:21

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Becker, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elsa Bradley, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Conductor, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

3
Caesar on a TV Screen
00:03:49

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Serafina Steer, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair Goodwin, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Humphris, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Becker, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Elsa Bradley, Timpani, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Conductor, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rebekah Rayner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Flute, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Blair, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Brewster, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

4
The Feminine Urge
00:03:26

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Becker, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Conductor, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

5
On Your Side
00:04:27

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serafina Steer, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elsa Bradley, Tubular Bells, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

6
Beautiful Boy
00:03:47

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pasha Mansurov, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Roberts, Flute, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Nishevci, Piano, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Flute, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

7
Gjuha
00:01:29

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Nishevci, Organ, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

8
Sinner
00:02:56

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair Goodwin, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Humphris, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Blair, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Brewster, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 Dinner Party

9
My Lady of Mercy
00:02:55

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Aurora Nishevci, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 Dinner Party

10
Portrait of a Dead Girl
00:04:57

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Conductor, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

11
Nothing Matters Explicit
00:03:02

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, Producer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serafina Steer, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair Goodwin, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Rhys Downing, ComposerLyricist - Emily Roberts, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Humphris, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, String Arranger, Organ, Piano, Additional Vocals, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Blair, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2023 The Last Dinner Party

12
Mirror
00:05:24

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Jones, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Emma Smith, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paloma Deike, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - James Ford, Producer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Robertson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lucy Wilkins, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Marshall, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Pasha Mansurov, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Bradley Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alistair Goodwin, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Emily Roberts, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lucy Humphris, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Tompsett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Ames, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Midori Jaeger, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Granell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Becker, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Zami Jalil, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aurora Nishevci, Conductor, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Abigail Morris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chihiro Ono, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia Davies, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Last Dinner Party, MainArtist - Lizzie Mayland, Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robyn Blair, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Howarth, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Freya Goldmark, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Aleksandra Masurova, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rocío Bolaños, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Myall, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2024 Dinner Party

Album review

The Last Dinner Party is a love-them-or-hate-them band: Either you are charmed by the theatricality—the high-fashion take on barmaid/wench costumery, singer Abigail Morris' over-the-top delivery, the musical girl-power of it all—or you are likely to roll your eyes. Lush, louche, lusty and fun, the band's songs and style draw from a history of Siouxsie Sioux, Bryan Ferry, Florence Welch and early '80s New Romantics. It's the kind of grand-scale zeitgeist shift, kick-started by Wet Leg, that was inevitable after the humble trend of lo-fi bedroom pop. "Nothing Matters," the alternative-radio hit, is truly excellent, with an alchemic formula of clicky New Wave drums, hair-metal guitar riffs, vivid trumpets and a cathartic chorus meant to be shouted at shows: "And you can hold me like he held her/ And I will fuck you like nothing matters." "Caesar on a TV Screen" is wonderfully weird, encompassing swoony verses, a mischievous Roxy Music-style pre-chorus and a majestic chorus. Morris (who sounds like her arched eyebrow never drops) chews up all the scenery—over-enunciating, milking her English accent, and having the time of her life—with lines like "And just for a second, I could be one of the greats/ I am Caesar on a TV screen, champion of my fate!" Earworm "My Lady of Mercy" is about having a crush on Joan of Arc and sounds like crusaders rushing into battle, complete with cheerleader handclaps, rumble-strip rhythm, a snarling guitar line from Emily Robert and a monster chorus. The Infectious "Sinner" offers tempestuous Morris the sweetened foil of guitarist Lizzie Mayland, as the two trade verses and harmonize over Aurora Nishevci's baroque piano; it feels like a delightful game of cat-and-mouse. Appropriately, Prelude to Ecstasy is mixed by A-list producer Alan Moulder, who has a long history of working with high-drama bands like My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails and Interpol, and he helps The Last Dinner Party go up to 11: Spinal Tap meets Velvet Goldmine. (Visually, it's hard to recall a rock band having this much fun with fashion—referencing everything from Picnic At Hanging Rock to Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette—since early Duran Duran and Culture Club.) Even the less-bombastic moments, like ballerina-sweet piano ballad "On Your Side" or the chamber pop of "Portrait of a Dead Girl," play cinematically. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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