#4 The Night VI – DIY
We are simple folk here at Alphabet Bands and we like simple things. Cracking pop tunes, great hooks and dreamy vocals are just a few of the many many things that push our musical buttons, and they just happen to be a few of the things that The Night VI excel at.
Their DIY EP is, to put it bluntly, fucking great. Each of the tracks are just wonderful, laden with melted melodies and infectious rhythms. Sophie-Rose Harper’s voice is the kind you want to hear on your deathbed, so soft and soothing that even in your darkest hour she could make you feel safe and peaceful; even when she is singing about the one who got away. Which she does on “Sienna” and on which, incidentally, they manage to make the resentment of another for leading the life and love you expected to have sound like something delightful.
Ultimately we plumped for “Heroine” when it came to our list of tracks of the year but we could just have easily gone with “Sienna” or “Wonderlust” (which is exactly why we restrict ourselves to one track per artist).
As well as their infectiousness, the tracks on DIY are beautiful and elegant, dealing with pain, love, happiness and seduction. And they are perfect to sing along to really loudly when no one else is around.