Lightspeed Champion, aka former Test Icicles guitarist Dev Hynes, announced today that his sophomore record, Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You, will be released on February 16th, 2010 via Domino Records.

Life, which is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2008’s Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, will have 12 songs, two instrumental breaks, and be “colored by a palette that draws on baroque 60’s pop, Girl Group harmonies, classical music and even musical theatre.” Produced by Ben Allen, who is known for his work with Animal Collective and Gnarls Barkley, Lightspeed Champion’s latest opus draws from a broad range of influences, including “joltingly 70’s guitar and synth sounds, classical piano, Serge Gainsbourg, Greek choruses shouting reprisals, [and] Todd Rundgren.”

Take a listen to a snippet of lead single “Marlene” right here.

The track listing for Life is Sweet! Nice To Meet You is as follows:
1 – Dead Head Blues
2 – Marlene
3 – There’s Nothing Underwater
4 – Intermission
5 – Faculty Of Fears
6 – The Big Guns Of Highsmith
7 – Romart
8 – I Don’t Want To Wake Up Alone
9 – Madame Van Damme
10 – Smooth Day (At The Library)
11 – Intermission 2
12 – Sweetheart
13 – Etude Op.3 ‘Goodnight Michalek’
14 – Middle Of The Dark
15 – A Bridge And A Goodbye

–Carrie Alison, Photo by Tear-n Tan