The English indie quintet The Vedettes, having played their first live performance on the 12th released their début single – Silver – on the 24th.
I suppose, fairly typically of me, that with only two songs around I would find myself drawn more to the unreleased demo rather than the song that made the cut – however both demonstrate something slightly different.
The unreleased song Get Up is a compacted pacey composition that fires sharp punches out of the speakers.
The song that has been released – Silver – opens with an echoing guitar accompanied by thudding percussion prior to flowering in to a breezy indie-dance track of classic construct. A powerful and precise performance on drum-kit gives the song a beefy spine while the guitars and bass fade to support a spotlight on the voice, an extended bridge, which sees out the track once again affords instrumentation and in particular guitar an opportunity to shine.
Underpinning the mainstream sounds of Silver lay some players with self-evidently expressive talent and I wish The Vedettes every success in finding a means to allow those abilities to shine through and afford the quintet a point of difference in a style of music that is, otherwise, a crowded market place.
The English anxiety-rock quartet War Waves will be releasing the EP Be Well on the 7th of December.
In advance, the song Sleep was released yesterday as a standalone single (available on bandcamp).
Think emo that has put on a smart pair of trousers and parted its hair and you will be in the right frame of mind on hitting play. The wringing restlessness trickles out of the speakers ensnaring the listener in its flattened frame as the room fills with the palpable feel of emotional-angst.
Emo is an oft maligned genre dismissed by many as merely the sound of growing pains. It is far more than that, as pretty well everyone at some point in time during every year, regardless of their age, goes through a crisis of confidence and in Sleep – War Waves have been able to reflect, albeit with a slower hand though no less insightful, of when life just seems to pile on a heap of issues all at the same moment.
In so doing, War Waves, have also been able to salve at least one existential crisis for their fan-base as this marks their first release since 2016.
From a recent live session the track Glockster surfaced, which articulates of their breadth of influences and abilities to turn those ideas in to complex compositions which hold the audience enthralled.
Jazz, blends in to gaze, only for angles of maths-rock to spike the curves while becoming creased in to folksy flute yet all allowed to hang in compressed and expanded texturing… Best approached with an open mind and time to hand as in likelihood the listener will find themselves digging the collection of late ’60s and early ’70s LPs in which to reminisce.