This week 2 artists who have previously featured heavily on Breaking More Waves from introducing 'New Waves' articles through to year end albums of the year lists toppers released new material, but until today we haven’t featured either. One was Chvrches. Just in case you haven’t heard Never Ending Circles yet you can hear it on this link here. We didn’t feature it because as much as we know and love that Chvrches sound, for us Never Ending Circles was just too similar to that Chvrches sound we know and love. Now that statement is ridiculous and a complete contradiction, but that’s the beauty and agony of a relationship with music. Sometimes things just don’t make sense. We're still trying to figure it all out.
The second artist is Lana Del Rey. Once again our relationship with Lana’s songs isn’t all perfect moments. The first album made us fall in love over and over, but when it came to Ultraviolence it just didn’t connect in the same way. Yet now here she is with new song High By The Beach, lamenting the breakdown of a relationship and abusing some substances on the coast, sounding gloriously trippy, and it is, dare we say it, the best thing she’s done for some time. What this all goes to show is that, music is just like a relationship you have with any human being. There’ll be good times, there’ll be great times, there’ll be some times when things are just plain shrug of the shoulders average, there’ll even be a few times when things seem to have rolled to the bottom of the hill and are irretrievable. But sometimes, it’s worth sticking with your favourites. Have faith. Pop has a funny old knack of delivering when you least expect it.
Footnote: This Lana video appears to be somewhat boring. Then she pulls out the big guns and everything becomes A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Lana Del Rey - High On The Beach (Video)