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The Night VI – “Just Words”

21 May

The Night VI

You know when you’re in that groove and everything you do just seems to be awesome? It feels a bit like you can do no wrong, everything is turning to gold and that even if you fell over in the street in front of a whole bunch of people you were trying to impress, you’d stumble in such a way that you totally style it out into a twisting 360 somersault or something?

Ok, perhaps not the last bit but right now, it seems like The Night VI are totally in that groove. They have long been putting out supremely wonderful tracks but it just seems to be that no matter what they do, what genre they play around, they absolutely smash it out of the park.

Take their latest track, “Just Words”, for example. It is full of the trademark Night VI loveliness, smooth melodies and gorgeous vocals but there is something a little new (and amazing) too. It’s this really rather dreamy Jessie Ware-esque slow jam R’n’B feel to it that just melts all over the track. It’s sultry and sensual, with that dreamy velvety chocolate feeling that makes us go all wobbly.

We absolutely love it and them and cannot wait for what is shaping up to be another stellar EP in September.

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The Night VI – “Too Late To Lie”

2 Jan

The Night VI Too Late To Lie

It looks like last year was so good for The Night VI that they couldn’t wait to get the new one started. Having been named in our Top 5 Albums and EPs of 2014 just yesterday, the London based purveyors of sophisticated pop finery have already commenced their assault on 2015 with a brand new track and plans for a new EP in the autumn.

The new track, “Too Late To Lie”, is slightly more jagged than their usual fare. That is not to say it isn’t good, it is, very good, just that we are used to galaxy chocolate level smoothness and velveteen softeness from them. There’s still the gorgeous vocal and the delicateness of keys to get lost in but there’s also an insistent bassline, driving the song forward as it builds with the rhythm and a rapid jugger-jugger-jugger of guitar (think Haim) that adds a new layer to their sound.

In fact the chorus in particular is like going for a run; it’s urgent and full of motion as it passes through the city, the country, past the dreamy oasis of melody that The Night VI can usually be found in and on on on, away from the heartache of the past (possibly).

The as yet untitled EP is due for release in September and pre-orders comes with an immediate download of “Too Late To Lie”. Additionally, if you sign up to The Night VI’s mailing list, you will get a free download of the six cover versions they recorded last year (including their superb version of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”) which is a pretty great way to start off 2015 really.

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2014 Albums & EPs of the Year: 4

1 Jan

2014 Albums and EPs 4

#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.

2014 Review: Remix of the Year

27 Dec

For our final bonus best of (albums and EPs are coming, we promise) we’ve gone for our favourite remix of the last year. To be completely honest, the subject of said remix spawned so many fantastic alternate versions we could easily have split the difference and gone for joint winners here, just like we did with our gig of the year. However, we’re playing this one with a straight bat and have chosen just the one.

The Night VI – “Heroine” Jospeh Reuben Remix

The original made it into our top five tunes of the year and we love this reworking just as much. While “Heroine” is full of intoxicating silkiness, Reuben has twisted and moulded it into this ridiculously dramatic and tension fuelled epic. It has become a grand score for a scene of intense and gripping drama, it feels heroic which, if intended, is a wonderful play on the title. Regardless, it is magnificent and should really be found in many a film with vast sprawling battles, final confrontations and ultimate rising to and beating the challenge of whatever evil confronts you. Or something.

2014 Tracks Of The Year: #5 – 1

16 Dec

Tracks of 2014 - 5-1

Here we are then, our favourite five tracks from 2014. We only had a couple of rules when putting this list together and if you need reminding of them, you’re in luck as here they are. We have purposefully used quite a loose definition of ‘tracks’. We are not looking at singles only but tracks that were released in one capacity or another over the last 12 months. The only other arbitrary rule we have implemented is, one song per artist.

Before we reveal the top five, here’s a quick link-a-thon to the other Tracks of the Year posts and the previous 20 of our favourite songs of 2014, should you have missed any of them or just fancy a reminder.

Part One – Tracks #25 – 21
Part Two – Tracks #20 – 16
Part Three – Tracks #15 – 11
Part four – Tracks #10 – 6

Now then, here we go with our Top 5 favourite tracks of 2014. Enjoy.

#5 The Night VI – “Heroine”

The Night VI is another band that had a very good year that culminated with the release of an extremely high quality EP and a case could easily be made for any of its tracks to feature on a best of list. Our favourite though, the one we are addicted to, is “Heroine”. It’s been subject to a couple of stunning remixes (particularly this remarkably cinematic and bold rework from Joseph Reuben) but it is the original that has stayed with us, that has slipped into our consciousness and often slipped out of our mouth as we sing and hum it to ourselves without realising. Sophie-Rose Harper’s vocals are just a dream as the track intoxicates with its melty melody and silken synths. We remain hooked.

#4 Yumi Zouma – “Riqulme”

We wrote recently about our love for Yumi Zouma so their appearance here should be no surprise. Given said love, choosing a favourite of their tracks was quite difficult but we’ve plumped for the sublime “Riquelme”.

The soft, elegant vibe of Yumi Zouma is a thing of beauty and here the subtle 80s nods they employ include a hint of Wendy and Lisa nuanced Gwen Stefani. “Riquelme” is a poignant soft focus look at relationships, all low lighting, candles and glasses of wine, tears and heartbreak. Listening to it is like drifting along on a deserted river, shoes off, a hat covering your eyes from the glorious sunshine and toes dipped in the water making barely a ripple as you pass by. Wildlife watches, undisturbed as you float calmly across gorgeous melodies and a cool caressing breeze of vocals brushes your face.

#3 Lauren Aquilina – “Forest Fires”

We’ve often spoken about the personal nature of music and how it affects each of us differently, how little things in a song can mean so much to one listener yet completely pass others by. “Forest Fires” by Lauren Aquilina was a track just like that. It might not have meant anything to many, but to us it remains a heavenly and heavily emotive piano ballad that hit us like a sledgehammer to the soul.

Simple, elegant and so very poignant, “Forest Fires” is a tale for the silent masses that suffer day in, day out, fighting a battle with our own psyche that we can never win. For each of us who think so little of ourselves that we are convinced the world thinks even less, yet paradoxically can only ever believe that the pain or anguish of a loved one is our fault.

It’s like a vast empty room, bathed in darkness and that Lauren’s voice soars and cracks in equal measure, heavy with emotion and torment like a single beam of light, broken by dust and splinters of wood in the roof, shining down on a lonely figure. It’s powerful and heart-wrenching and even now, having played it countless times, we still get goosebumps as she cries out “I don’t blame you” as the song reaches its destination and then, as Lauren sings the faint, brittle coda of ”who would ever want to be around me?”, our heart breaks just a little bit more.

#2 Spring Offensive – “Hengelo”

We’re massive fans of Spring Offensive (they placed first on our 2012 Tracks of the Year list for example) so 2014 was one of wonderful highs and depressing lows for us regarding Oxfordshire’s finest. They finally released their debut album Young Animal Hearts (which was completely fantastic) but also announced the cessation of their existence as a band. At the start of the year they have given, and then by the end they had taken away. Still, at least they left us with a brilliant collection of songs, perhaps our favourite of which is “Hengelo”.

With its unusual but intriguing subject matter, Spring Offensive did what they do best and looked beyond the narrative and into the emotion and motivation, for the humanity within. Here they deal in the mundane moments of life that can accumulate into the extraordinary; the feelings we experience everyday and likely don’t notice until it is too late. They seek and see the daily stresses of life and the unseen breaking points inside us all, reach in and mould them into songs that glide and rise, that send shivers down your spine as you recognise the reality within them but that raise you up on their deft arrangements and sublime melodies and remarkably catchy tunes.

#1 Vérité – “Weekend”

Another year, another favourite track and here today, there’s another genre represented by the winner. When Verité popped on the scene earlier this year it was immediately obvious that another sensational new pop artist had just been discovered and now, months later and with “Weekend” still played at least once a day, we feel even more confident that it is only a matter of when the chart bothering will begin for her.

Why do we love “Weekend” so? Simple reasons really, it is freakish just how infectious it is, how it compels movement, no matter how small, as you listen; it behoves a boogie. The lyrics are suitably catchy with a deliciously sing-a-long chorus and her vocals are just perfect for the dance-pop realm she inhabits. It is a pop masterpiece and one we cannot help but adore and enjoy time and time again.