The first time we heard Iyes was back in 2013 for the “Blog Up” showcase at The Great Escape Festival. Try as they might, they couldn’t get their electronics to work but rather than sack it off and get a beer, they treated us to an acoustic set that (for the uninitiated amongst the crowd, like us) really whetted our appetite for what these fantastic songs would sound like fully realised and steeped in electronic glitchiness as intended.
We mention this because, like at that show, their latest offering is a stripped back live demo, “Simmer”. Also like at that show, as we listen and enjoy the intricate guitar picking, Melis’ sweet and intoxicating vocals, Josh’s harmonies and the quiet intensity of the melody, we find ourselves (metaphorically) salivating at the prospect of a fully rendered version with synths and electronics.
While we wait patiently in hope that such a version exists, we shall hit the repeat button on this demo and remind ourselves that beneath all the glitchiness and noodling, within the smoking synth lines and crisp digitised beats, Iyes do write damn good pop songs.