Tuesday, 11 March 2014
This is so good.
Since we introduced D/C to Breaking More Waves back in October 2013 we’ve been patiently waiting for new material to arrive and here it is. Daughter, Daughter is exactly what we wanted him to deliver. Telling the classic tale of a father who can’t accept that his daughter is in love with someone who he doesn’t approve of (“he wants to have a doctor or a lawyer”) D/C drives the song home with electronic hand claps and beats, head nodding deep bass and his deliciously husky mellow croon. We have no idea what's cool and what isn't, but if we were to hazard a guess, we'd say that this sounded cool. This is the sound of a man who knows what he's doing.
Some fatherly advice to the dad in question – lighten up man, she’s going to do her own thing anyway (“she’s got that fever”). Every resistance will find an equal and opposite force, so better to stop pushing, chill out and listen to this spot on tune. She'll love you even more if you do.
D/C - Daughter, Daughter
One of the eternal internal debates a new music blog writer / editor will have is what is new and what isn’t. Should a song not be featured simply because it’s been online for a number of months? When does new music stop being new?
Today’s new band Beech who consist of Josh Beech (see what he did there?) and Oliver Som have certainly been around for a while. They document their exact time of formation as ‘hazy’ but acknowledge working together as far back as autumn 2012 and released their first EP We Are The Masters Of Our Fate a year ago. Since then have released a further single called Lovers last September. With around 11,000 plays on Soundcloud for Lovers we’re assuming that there’s a whole world of ears out there that haven’t yet heard Beech and therefore we can still very much bundle them up as new. For those who are already familiar with the band we apologise and promise to try harder.
We’re streaming two of Beech’s songs below. The first is the aforementioned Lovers. Its initial 30 seconds are somewhat misleading; what it sounds like you are going to get is an earthy, slightly scratchy sounding alt.folk tune. Don’t be fooled for it grows into a driving expansive piece reminiscent of another Breaking more Waves favourite, Sons & Lovers, who also do pop with one foot on a rockier mountain. There’s also a hint of Of Monsters & Men when the female backing vocal comes into play. Lovers has a melody and beautiful lyrical hook that nags gently at the ears and won’t go away. “We’re just lovers, like no others, ‘cos I was just a half until I found you,” sings lead vocalist Josh and we can imagine the worlds romantics falling instantly for this song. The second tune London Riots (from their EP), has a spirit-raising musicality that is in stark contrast with the anarchy and violence of the black and white footage of the 2011 riots shown in the video.
Take a listen and keep an eye and ear out for Beech as more music is promised soon.
Beech - Lovers
Beech - London Riots (Video)
Monday, 10 March 2014
We’ve already posted the sparse and beautiful Pray For You by Tydes via Soundcloud (featuring one of our favourite discoveries of the end of 2013 Låpsley) and now here’s a video. A man with a set of telescopic loppers, some support scaffolding in what appears to be the abandoned remains of a building, some undergrowth, some acrobatics and dancing are the main components here. We really have no idea what it all means, but then does everything have to have meaning? Sometimes it’s nice just to have art for arts sake without reading anything into it.
In other Låpsley related news, she’s been announced as one of the artists playing the 2014 Kendal Calling festival.
Tydes - Pray For You (Featuring Låpsley) - Video
Our second cover version post in a row.
The common consensus when discussing new romantic superstars The Human League is that Don’t You Want Me is their greatest song. It was certainly their biggest hit and most widely played. Even these days if you tune in to any radio station that plays 80’s music you probably won’t have to wait very long to hear it. We actually prefer Mirror Man, but wouldn’t deny that Don’t You Want Me is still class.
Class is the operative word here with this cover of the song that Young Summer has recently uploaded to the web, just a few days after her new soft-synth diamond Taken, which also references the 80’s, although the later part of it, sounding like it could have easily found a place on the Top Gun soundtrack from 1986 alongside Berlin’s Take My Breath Away (here Taken here)
However synths are not to the fore with this cover. Instead Young Summer creates a sophisticated easy listening piano ballad, the kind of tune that could quite easily be playing in that cocktail bar that the song references. Cosmopolitan’s all round then everyone?
Young Summer - Don't You Want Me