CONCUBINES: ‘Darkness.’


Merging their love for 60s psych, soul music, 80s post punk, 70sMOR and NYC street punk, the trio that are CONCUBINES have produced a dramatic and vibrant alternative music which they term, ‘indie soul.’ 

It still sounds pretty much like dark, early Eighties style music to me, though. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s not at all. It’s pretty damn fine.

It reminds me very much of ……. of …. you know ‘Darkness’ sounds so familiar, but I just can’t place it. It’s bugging me real bad! (Anybody have an idea? I’m thinking along the lines of Fiction Factory and the like, maybe?)  

The deep vocals paint a gloomy picture that matches the song title, while the steady, metronomic beat pounds your brain as the synth provides a catchy hook. You get the feeling of desolation, but strangely feel a bit uplifted at the same time! 

‘Warp’ is a bit more on the bouncy and danceable side. Perhaps my imagination has been fired by too many bottles of Tsingtao, but the instrumental breaks make me think of Doctor Who on speed. Elsewhere, the vocals are again redolent of early Eighties dark-wave as we probably know it now. The guitars chime in and out, the cymbals crash and for me, this is the stronger track. Love this one! 

(Released through Howling Owl by way of a 100 limited edition vinyl format, it will be available via Rough Trade Records in addition to through the normal national digital outlets.) 

(8.5/10) 

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