By Liam Menzies (@blinkclyro)
Showing themselves as an act who like to spend time working on their craft rather than rushing it out, Sweet White have returned with a brand-spanking new single named Lovers.
Following up the success of Genine, which you can read more about here, the five or so months in the lab has lead this Peterhead rock act to create something subtle yet fierce: like a lion before it pounces on its prey.
Kicking things off with an ambient, synthetic opening that sounds like it could be found in a PORCHES record, Lovers feels different right off the bat. While their last single displayed the amount of power the band could deliver, on here everything is noticeably and intentionally softer. The only thing that could be described as being within the realms of brutish is the delicate driving bass that backs up the introduction of the love-torn lyrics.
As always, Jake Cordiner’s vocals manage to keep your full attention with their subdued dominance. However, an inclusion of drummer Shaun Wilson as backing vocals, with a hint of distortion, give the song an extra bit of oomph that will help Lovers to stick out in the band’s ever-growing discography. Even the breakdown feels particularly fresh, the guitars only getting slightly more aggressive as the vocals steal the limelight with a ferocious bite to them.
Like every song we’ve had from Sweet White thus far, Lovers is a sum of its part. Each member adds to an ever growing piece of music which, somehow, seem to get better and better with every new single from the act.
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Best of July #1
As much as I’m called a hipster by my friends, I’d be straight up lying if I said I knew of La Bagatelle Magicque before I came across this snazzy dance tune earlier this week. Although at first glance it might sound like La Bagatelle Magicque is some sort of obscure folk band a la Bon Iver, it’s in fact a music project fronted by none other than Robyn a.k.a that lassie who sang Dancing On Her and With Every Heartbeat. The group also comprises of keyboardist Markus Jägerstedt as well as the producer Christian Falk who sadly passed away last year.
Despite this sad news, La Bagatelle Magicque have overcame these troubles in order to manage to deliver a positive sound with their music that perfectly fits the summer release date they’re aiming for. It’s impossible to listen to Love Is Free without drawing a few comparisons, first and probably the most blatant one being Disclosure. The looping line that’s taken from the title of the song is reminiscent of Shake That though this is hardly a bad thing.
It would be a sin to review this track without giving praise to the lady herself Robyn who’s sweet yet promiscuous voice goes hand in hand with the lyrics she delivers over bouncy hip hop beats. “Safe like a rubber” is iterated over a squeaking synth that on paper may sound annoying but is weirdly pleasing to the ears.
A song which manages to trump the melancholic production it had, Love Is Free is an upbeat tune which is destined to be a club anthem in no time. Won’t be long now till Limmy starts talking about this song being the sound of the summer rather than Get Lucky.
Listen to it here!
Now this album could have gone horribly wrong. Chvrches could have produced a bland album with repetitive and dull songs and been a total let down from the potential they had shown on their previous EP’s as well the hype they had accumulated on the music scene.Thankfully this is not the case with The Bones Of What You Believe being an exceptionally refreshing piece of music from the three-piece Glaswegian band.
Instead of rambling through the tracks that are on offer on this album, I’ll just give a few favourites of mine on TBOWYB. The second track We Sink has a ridiculously catchy chorus and shows off the great talent of Iain Cook and Martin Doherty who have selected a great pallete of sounds with Lauren Mayberry’s voice gracefully fitting in and never feeling out of place. Gun, the following track which previously has been on its self titled EP, retains the same traits as the preceding track which creates a strong introduction for the album. Tether goes in a different direction by replacing the vibrant beats with more calming bursts of synthesizers with Mayberry providing a calm and confident vocal performance over it which nearer the end becomes likes the previous tracks in the best way possible by introducing the vibrant beats yet again, creating a stand out track which is very much enjoyable. Under The Tide allows a change of vocals which is a welcome change with a lovely production value. Recover is a favourite of mine and is the first track I heard from the band a few months ago and still holds up now with Mayberry’s confident voice fluttering over the resonant and vivid beats which is sure to be the band’s concert gem like The Captain is for Biffy Clyro.
The album is by no means a perfect one. Some tracks can feel a bit half hearted and many might feel that the album can feel repetitive at times. However, it does take a lot of guts to release debut album from a band that are relatively new to the majority of the public at the same time as bands from the same genre (MGMT) and popular bands from other genres (Arctic Monkeys) are releasing their albums and thankfully, the band’s unique voice provided by Lauren Mayberry with special kudos to the other two members of the band Ian Cook and Martin Doherty ,who handle the synthesizers for the tracks on this band like any experienced musician would, make this a top notch debut album and gives Chvrches a very promising future.