Monday, 20 October 2014
Like all relationships that start with a rush of heady excitement we thought that our love of Chvrches would eventually wane a little into something more sedate and comfortable.
The trouble is that every time we think that’s about to happen the f*ckers bang something new into our ears and make us feel that music is the greatest thing ever again.
The song is Get Away and it’s taken from a project titled Radio 1 Rescores: Drive - Curated by Zane Lowe that will be broadcast on BBC 3 on October 30th. The venture aims to provide a new soundtrack to the film and features the likes of Banks, Bastille, Jon Hopkins, The 1975 and Laura Mvula. Chvrches contribution is immense; the whole thing’s full of hooks, waves of euphoric synths and just wait for the build about two thirds of the way through. It redefines the word orgasm. Our love continues. It's good to be alive.
Chvrches - Get Away
Here at Breaking More Waves we like comparisons. Some people call this lazy journalism, but that’s fine – paraphrasing our blog brother Andy Von Pip of The Von Pip Musical Express, copying and pasting a press release straight onto a blog or website is lazy journalism, actually giving some consideration to reference points isn’t.
So here are some comparisons. In getting these we asked four different people what artist they thought this song sounded like. Yes we know that’s lazy as well, but we hoped it would reinforce our views. 75% of them said Bastille. 25% of them said Hurts. Not one of them mentioned that Bitter sounded a bit like Aquilo, but then we realised that when writing reference points, if you mention bands that only 0.1% of the population know of it's probably not a very useful reference point. We’d probably also have described Bitter as sounding a bit like commercial credible boy band pop with a hint of chill wave, but then again probably less than 0.1% of the population know what chill wave sounds like.
Which brings us to a conclusion and question:
What is the point of writing about what music sounds like, when as a reader you can just press play and decide yourself? Maybe we should have just written “New tune by Huntar, this is good.”
Now that’s what we call lazy.
Oh, and if you see anyone write “Emerging from the shadows of south east London's electronic scene with his pop sensibilities twisted, 21yr old producer and vocalist Huntar's heart beats in time with the rhythms that birthed him, from the maximalism of Hudson Mohawke to Prince at his infectious best ,” that came from the press release.
Bitter is taken from Huntar's debut EP released on the 8th December. You get the track for free immediate download when you pre-order the EP (here)
Footnote: There's a bit of Chet Faker in this as well perhaps? Right, we're done with comparing.
Huntar - Bitter
Sunday, 19 October 2014
Back in 2013 Emily Burns featured on Breaking More Waves in one of our ‘New Waves’ introducing pieces having impressed with her self-penned acoustic pop and the song Plasters, Glitter and Glue. That song and the others on her Soundcloud have now disappeared and have been replaced with 3 new tracks all of which show a big step forward.
It seems that Emily has found a groove. The guitar is out and in its place there’s a slicker modern production that takes in elements of r’n’b, disco and pop. On Mr Heartbreaker things are slinky and slow and Control is dance floor friendly and hot under the collar.
It’s the third of the newbies, uploaded today, that finds Emily giving us her most assured song to date. Recorded at Abbey Road studios with Pearse MacIntyre and Rob Cass, Enemy is constructed from laid back pianos and loose drums, with Emily singing of the one that got away. Its gentle sound works well, showing Emily's development and new found maturity. Let's hope its not so long before we feature her again on these pages.
Emily Burns - Enemy
Friday, 17 October 2014
We’ve never been to India, the furthest we’ve probably got is one of the local curry houses in our home town, but the new video for the Bon Iver produced song Blood I Bled, the title track from The Staves forthcoming EP, nearly makes up for it by featuring some wonderfully colourful footage. It seems to marry with the music perfectly, seeming oddly life affirming as you watch, from the boy at the top of the human pyramid to the slight smile raised by the woman as she watches the dancers. We can’t think of a better way to end our week than with this song and this video.
The Staves - Blood I Bled (Video)