Monday, 30 November 2015

Night Games - New Waves

This new London based duo came to us via an excellent post from Leigh at Just Music I Like blog, which not only dealt with Night Games’ music but some brief thoughts on the fickle characteristics of music sites who seem more concerned with a ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ approach to what they feature by getting a premiere on their site than anything else. 

Thankfully Just Music I Like (and Breaking More Waves) isn’t that sort of site. The bottom line from Breaking More Waves perspective is we will post and write about the music (if we like it) irrespective of if every blog under the sun has already written about it or if nobody else is writing about it; the offer of a premiere is pointless with us. It might be how the industry works, but we’re not part of that industry.

So on that note and before this turns into a blog / web rant on the ethics of blogging, let’s return to Night Games. There are three things we particularly like about them.

1. They look like a couple of young über-cool architects who have just nipped out of their sexy minimalist workpad to explore their creativity a little further by creating music as well as spaces. Call us pretentious but this is a look we can agree with a lot. Sure, this reason is not about the music, but then anyone who is a fan of pop will know that any music writer who says “it’s all about the music and nothing else” is usually in denial. As we’ve suggested before, you can usually start by asking music writers who say this why they feature pictures of the bands along with the articles they write (assuming they do), if as they say it’s only about the music.

2. They’re singer is called Constance. This is a great name (especially if shortened to Connie). The sort of name we’d give to our daughter. Oh, we already have.

3. They make good music. Remember that? That’s key. Anything else is ultimately fluff (but sometimes that fluff – context, discussions around the subject, humour, education – is important to us, that’s why we put it on the blog, it’s our blog not yours etc). 

They have two songs on their Soundcloud. Two pieces of exquisitely created electronic pop with sumptuous soft textures. The stand out of the two is the slow burner, Signals, which smoulders with a lonesome late night cabaret club moodiness. “He’s sending signals, signals to me, cannot work out what they mean,” Constance purrs, her vocal coating the song with a calming creamy effect, her tone capable of softly hitting the heights but also exploring the earthier depths. Consider us smitten.

Night Games - Signals

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