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Luxury Car: When I Was Good

Luxury Car: When I Was Good. Photo: Jannica Honey. Artwork: Daniel Warren

Luxury Car: When I Was Good. Photo: Jannica Honey. Artwork: Daniel Warren

Artist: Luxury Car
Title: When I Was Good
Cat No: BIPH10CD
Format: Digital
Released: March 2011

1: Hit by a Car
2: Discrete Packets
3: I Play the Guitar
4: When I Was Good
5: RTZ
6: Hinderland
7: Shame

‘Evokes an Angelo Badalamenti score left to deteriorate in the rain… Affecting lyrics hit the heart while the electronics hit the rest, resulting in an intriguing synthesis worth multiple visits.’ The Skinny

‘Like a lost electronic album from 1980 produced by a seer looking 30 years into the future.’ – The Herald

‘Icy, stark and stripped back, it sounds like mid-period Depeche Mode meets Arcade Fire.’ Is This Music

‘Unique and inventive brilliance of second album is striking from the off’ – The List

From the press release

Biphonic Records, home of acclaimed Scottish acts Swimmer One and Seafieldroad, is proud to present its first album release of 2011, When I Was Good by Luxury Car.

When I Was Good is a sparse, evocative, elegiac, haunting collection of songs written by John Robertson, and recorded with his brother William Robertson. Think Scott Walker singing Joy Division, Arcade Fire remixed by Boards of Canada, the Blue Nile produced by Mogwai. Uncompromising on all levels, the album is littered with unconventional time signatures, abrasive tonal textures and stark, powerful arrangements with little regard for conventional song structure. Hinderland explores territory shared by Brian Eno and Tortoise, while album closer Shame is a plaintive solo lament on nylon string guitar, reminiscent of Alasdair Roberts.

All of the above is threaded together by Robertson’s simple, direct, nakedly confessional lyrics, memorable documents of jealousy and betrayal (“I saw her and I let go of your hand”) and struggle (“How far are those hills? There might be nothing beyond those hills”). When I Was Good is a beautiful, vital piece of work, a piece of art made for its own sake, on its own terms, and deserving of your attention.

Luxury Car: Annie’s Well

Luxury Car-  Annie's Well BIPH05CD

Luxury Car- Annie’s Well BIPH05CD. Artwork: Daniel Warren

Artist: Luxury Car
Title: Annie’s Well
Cat No: BIPH05CD
Format: CD, Digital
Released: Aug 2006

1: Dream On Dream Off
2: Planet Mnemonic
3: The Love Throat
4: Hunger Artists
5: Repulsion
6: Glass Period
7: Hologram
8: The Heart of the Matter
9: LUCY 3 My Luxury Car
10: Gamma Rays

‘The name could come from any motoring small ad, but Perth brothers John and Willy Robertson lifted it from a line in Vincent Gallo’s movie Buffalo 66. It is a cool reference point, just like those that litter their clean and simple electro sound, unashamedly rooted in the 1980s yet sounding fresh out of its 21st-century box. Most effective is the stirring Repulsion, as John spars vocally with Louise Healey over a ferociously repressed electric guitar and old-school synthesiser. These are real pop tunes, clearly descended from New Order and the Factory Records ethos, but richer for absorbing other leftfield influences along the way.’ – Colin Somerville, Scotland on Sunday.

From original press release

Luxury Car’s debut album includes the following things.
1: An electronic country and western number about a car called Lucy.
2: A jittery love song inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula
3: Lyrics inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa and Tales of the Unexpected.

‘Looked up and saw her throat, not a lovelier throat I’d ever seen, and no Lucy or Mina could have asked much more.’ – The Love Throat.

Luxury Car are John and Willy Robertson, two brothers from Perth, Scotland; they have been in bands together since they were at school, and took their name from Vincent Gallo’s Buffalo 66. They are, technically, an electronic pop duo; however they don’t sound remotely like the Pet Shop Boys, Soft Cell, Sparks, Erasure, or Goldfrapp. They are not nostalgic for the 1980s, or 1970s Berlin (or 1930s Berlin for that matter). They are not industrial, or camp, or ironic, or minimalist, or Goths, or obsessed with sadomasochistic sex. Where much electronic pop music is cold, stark and hard, Luxury Car prefer warmth and poetry.

We appreciate that none of this makes them fashionable, or easy to categorise. But, as industry insiders have admiringly observed over the past year, it makes them a lot more interesting and unusual than most bands out there.

‘This city’s high fluid walls make whimsical fools of us all. To old Europe my prince I haven’t been back since. I labour for no one.’ – Hunger Artists.

If it helps at all, Luxury Car have been variously compared to Scott Walker, Pixies and the Aphex Twin. That doesn’t help? Oh well. You’ll just have to listen to the album.

Luxury Car: The Heart Of The Matter

Luxury Car - The Heart of the Matter

Luxury Car – The Heart of the Matter

Artist: Luxury Car
Title: The Heart of the Matter
Cat No: BIPH04CD
Format: CD, Digital
Released: Mar 2004

1: The Heart Of The Matter
2: Out Of Focus
3: The Miracle Year
4: In The Event


‘A healthy dose of weirdness and a refreshing lack of disaffected posing’ – Playlouder single of the week

‘Like some old deranged New Order groove when they were still angry and ready for it … a brilliant track. Definitely looking forward to hearing more from this lot.’ – I Really Love Music

‘An impressive live pedigree, plenty of imagination and a clear ear for a sound that could just be set for a comeback’ – Leeds Music Scene

Original press release
‘You might half the house but I’ll unite the world
So what’s the matter tonight? Why do we sleep so light?’

John sings. He is lanky and awkward, but with the cheeky, wry humour and edgy stage presence of a young Bernard Sumner. With better cheekbones. Willy, his brother, is a big bear of a man who makes beautiful, exciting, unexpected sounds with a theremin and a laptop. Louise, their ‘token bird bassist’ and occasional trumpet player, has an on-stage half-smile that suggests she knows something you don’t know and that her band is better than yours but is far too cool to brag about it. All the indie boys will fall for her.

Luxury Car are from Perth. Radio One, Radio Scotland, Beat 106, Radio Magnetic and others have championed their cause on the strength of early demos alone. The first of these, Out of Focus, won the Radio Scotland Air show vote by 92% and prompted an invite to record some tracks for the Vic Galloway in Scotland show on Radio One, broadcast on March 10th 2005. They’ve already played live with The Delgados, The Bays, The Magnificents, Dirty Hospital, Ballboy and others in addition to their own headline gigs. But really they’re just getting started.

It’s electronic music, but not like you’ve heard for a while. It’s warm, not cold, sexy but not sleazy, poetic but not pretentious. They got here by listening to Joy Division, Low, Pixies, Scott Walker, Talking Heads, Add N to (X), Flaming Lips, Cornelius, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher. They don’t sound like any of these people, but have found some ideas that may surprise you hiding in the gaps between. Lucy 3, a live favourite, may be the first time Kraftwerk have ever played a country and western song.

The Heart of the Matter, though, is their first single. It’s being released on Biphonic Records, the label of acclaimed electronic pop duo Swimmer One. Now they can get on with being your new favourite band.


‘They’re unsigned and I’ve no idea why.’ – Vic Galloway, Radio One

‘Luxury Car are great,’ – Jim Gellatly, XFM

‘Treading the line between pop and indie perfectly. Set for bigger stages for sure.’ – Is This Music