Friday, 28 October 2016
Scary Spice? Pah. The Spice Girls might have been the entry point for the likes of Charli XCX and MØ to pop music, but they never sounded as venomous as this. Alice, Bella and Rakel, the trio who make up Dream Wife have been winning over a lot of fans recently during their support slots with Black Honey. It’s this song – a dirty, national anthem for the angry - that has in particular been doing the business.
“I tell you what I want what I really really want, I wanna fuck you up” screams Rakel as the band go for the jugular. A loud, stormy assault on the senses, this one might be as brash as they come, but f*ck, it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.
Dream Wife - Fuu
Alice Jemima has been in it for the long haul. From early demos first posted here back in 2011 through to March 2017 when she finally releases her debut album through Sunday Best Records (you can pre-order it by clicking here) Alice's has been no overnight journey.
When she first started putting out music to the internet it felt like there was no strategy or timetable; it seemed that she’d just record a song, put it online and see what happened. At one point it felt like she was uploading a new track every few weeks and it was pretty exciting. Thankfully 2016 has seen a return to the old way of doing things, with a flurry of releases. With Dodged a Bullet still finding its way into people’s consciousness, thanks in particular to it some daytime Radio 1 airings through BBC Introducing and finding its way onto many a playlist (the song has now clocked up 888,000 plays on Spotify), she’s already followed it up with Electric, a song that’s been a regular in her live sets this year.
Electric has a low key, late night, lamplight, post-club feel to it, finding Alice singing of cities that don’t sleep and regrets in her silky unmistakable voice. If you’re a fan of The XX then the dark flashes of guitars here will be very much to your tastes.
One day there will probably come a time when Alice Jemima will release a new song and I won’t post it. Today is not that day though. This one cuts straight to the core.
Alice Jemima - Electric
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Remember when Bon Iver took himself off to a cabin in the woods and created For Emma, Forever Ago? Well for the last few days I’ve done something similar, living out of a corrugated iron clad shed, formerly a World War 2 Land Girls’ House in Somerset, complete with an air raid shelter, a 1940’s kitchen, a fireplace and attic bedroom accessed via nothing much more than a ladder. It revisits another era, a trip in time that is pure nostalgia. It’s the kind of place that, from the very little I know about her, I imagine Hazel English would be smitten with. After all her sense of style is absolutely vintage / retro and as I’ve noted before on the blog her music pays much reference to the past - albeit a past when many an indie loving student in the UK danced to chiming guitar music like this in their Doctor Marten’s whilst swigging snakebite and black.
But to pull it forward to the here and now, somebody on Twitter recently noted “Can we all agree that Hazel English is the indie darling of 2016?” I certainly wouldn’t disagree with that statement.
With that title under her belt, here’s another new song. Make It Better is the fifth and final release from her 5 track EP Never Going Home, and yes I’ve featured every single one of those songs on the blog. It’s a sweet and serene tune that has some similarity to The Sundays in terms of its sonics - if you haven’t heard Reading, Writing and Arithmetic please go and investigate it - but before you do so, press play on the video of Make It Better below, which features clips from some of Hazel’s old school films and TV shows whilst she sings of dilemmas, of the want to be seen, but invisible at the same time.
Hazel English - Make It Better (Video)
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
With a debut full length coming in 2017 via Captured Tracks, it’s time to introduce Molly Burch to readers of Breaking More Waves. The first time I heard Downhearted, her debut for the label, I was instantly transported to some sophisticated and fashionable European city in the 60's, Paris or London perhaps. It therefore seems rather curious to report that Molly actually resides in Austin, Texas, but maybe, on second thoughts those country twangs are more at home there than by the Seine or Thames?
What I do know though is that music is universal and that irrespective of where in the world something comes from, it’s when it finds a place in your heart that matters. Downhearted certainly does that; pulling strings in the same way that someone like Patsy Kline’s music does.
Maybe the wistful romantic beauty of I Adore You, the B side of Downhearted that really is too good to be called a B side, gives a better context to where Burch is at musically. A subdued country-soul affair, it just oozes loveliness. It makes a lot of sense that Molly, when asked to compare her music to a food, described it as hot chocolate: “Because it’s comforting and dreamy but could also make you think of past loves.”
Hear both songs below and note her name down, because if the rest of her album is anything like these two songs, it’s going to be a must listen / buy.
Molly Burch - Downhearted (Video)
Molly Burch - I Adore You