Two new tracks, representing my first exposure to this London-based four piece. Both are taken from sophomore album, Heyoon, to be released by the consistently great Bella Union label.
The first, “Moongee” is trippy, moody, and vaguely psychedelic. A turn down down a dark, cobblestoned street, lamp posts encircled in fog, the moon creating a corona of misty, distorted light, stalked by a churning rhythm underpinning a swirly interplay between tense guitar work and detached vocals. Reminds a bit of Mezzanine-era Massive Attack.
The newest, “Stay”, is less languid – all stabby, post-punk guitar shredding and insistent drum/bass work. Think everything from the Banshees, up to Savages and Wytches, with more than a bit of the low end thump of early Bunnymen and even Interpol. Music to pogo to, ‘neath the strobes; sweaty, propulsive stuff. Check the video, directed by David Graham.
For a band that, I believe (at least in it’s current iteration), has only been around for 3 years or so, they have a very strong dynamic. Lead guitarist Jemma Freeman is a revelation; she has the ability to command through both the front and back of the mix. Vocalist Luisa Gerstein carries a bit of a Joni Mitchell-like vibe with her phrasing and intonation, while the rhythm section of Dan Blackett (drums) and Heloise Tunstall-Behrens (bass) keep it tight.
Their artist bio page on the Bella Union site ends with a suggestion – “climb inside and explore” – I second that emotion.
Heyoon debuts May 4. Check them out on their Facebook page.