Goya Dress
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Goya Dress

Goya Dress were a critically acclaimed London-based trio that recorded two EPs, two singles and one full-length LP in the mid-90s. Set apart from the then burgeoning Brit Pop scene, the band inhabited an elegant, windswept alt-pop niche of their own.

Having studied classical piano and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Shetland-born singer Astrid Williamson formed Goya Dress in the autumn of 1993 with kindred spirits, jazz drummer Simon Pearson and American bass player Terry de Castro.

Signed in 94 to Nude. In 1995, avant-garde rock legend John Cale caught wind of Williamson’s talent and expressed interest in producing their debut album, now a four piece having been joined by guitarist Anton Kirkpatrick. The resulting Rooms features performances from Cale himself on the songs Scorch & Picture This, while the strings, written and arranged by Williamson, were performed by the Brodsky Quartet. Rooms was released in the summer of 1996.