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Listen: Crystal Bats – “Arabella”

5 Nov

While drawing inspiration from and paying homage to 80’s music remains very much in fashion these days (did anyone really think it would last this long by the way?) there is one sub-genre that hasn’t really been touched. Yacht Rock.

For those of you too young to remember or just not who were blissfully unaware at the time, Yacht Rock was the term for a smooth, occasionally cheesy, kind of music that was popular with yuppies (Google it youngsters) and the like in the early 80s. So called because it was the kind of music the upwardly mobile would play while cruising around on their yacht, artists branded as Yacht Rock included Kenny G, the Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan.

With that in mind it is unsurprising that anyone has really used it as inspiration for their music in this ultra-modern digital age. Except they have. Enter Crystal Bats, a Norwich duo (they have a full band for live shows) who are currently generating a bit of a buzz in the region and beyond and whose latest single, “Arabella”, features cat-soft vocals and smooth, creamy synths and guitars. It wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City but cheesy it is not.

The duo, two Wills (Jones and Vaughan), are as impeccably attired and coiffured as the craftsmanship and consideration that goes into the music. “Arabella” is ice-cream soft and just as lovely. Not the cheap vanilla block in a box that your Gran would trot out after Sunday lunch, the expensive kind your Mum would only ever buy when she was trying to impress people you didn’t know very well.

The video, which you can see here, perfectly captures the style and aesthetic of the era the two Wills have drawn on for inspiration. Kudos to director Charlotte Rutherford for embracing the kitsch, keeping it fun, and not making it look like a full-on parody.

“Arabella” is out today (5 Nov) and is available from all the usual digital outlets, including the Crystal Bats Bandcamp page.

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