Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Big Pink

I finally caught on The Big Pink, albeit a tad too late. How I could have overlooked this British electro-rock duo which was included in BBC's sound of 2009 earlier this year still baffled me. I remembered hearing the band's first single 'Too Young To Love' awhile ago, but it did nothing to me, and it went straight to the long list of songs that I heard once or twice and never revisit again, at least up until I was impressed by the atmospheric 'Velvet' and the band name struck familiarity. The abstract effects and dreamy vocals in 'Velvet' creates a soundscape that is tuneful and evokes sensational emotions.

The Big Pink was instantly tagged indie cool with its members that practically breathe rock and roll. Milo Cordell is son of 1960s pop producer Denny and runs the Merok label, which has released cutting-edge dance acts Klaxons and Crystal Castles. Robbie Furze is a former guitarist with electro-punk singer Alec Empire. 'A Brief History Of Love', the band's debut album is set to be released on September 14th. Th album title was apt as described by Cordell that every song is a love song, the album encompasses different aspects of love, the good, the bad, the boring, the exciting, the dreams, the nightmares, the whole thing etc. Monstrous wall of sound and distorted feedback drenched anthems are the perfect terms to typify the tracks in the album, but each has a graspable melody and sensitive lyrics lying underneath those thick layered noise and crooning vocals. This is an album that will draw the listeners in further with each listen.

The Big Pink - Velvet
The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love
The Big Pink - Love Song (The Cure cover)

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