Today’s ‘GIGsoup Track of the Day’ offers something a little different. So far this year the accolade has gone to artists from indie, rock and electronica genres but today we dip our toe firmly into the heady days of 1960’s soul. It’s subject matter deals with elements of break-up, heartbreak and its obvious pain but don’t let that put you off as you’re about to hear one of the most beautiful melodies ever written.
Incredibly todays Track of the Day ‘Brown Eyes’ was written over 14 years ago by ‘The New Southern Electrikk’ member ‘Rikki Turner’. A homage to the sixties girl groups it contains vocals of the highest order and, if there is any justice, should be held up as a melancholy classic, in the same way Doherty and Wolfman’s ‘For Lovers’ is.
Turner explains “The song was written during a particularly dark period of my life when things weren’t going well. Brown Eyes was a woman who left me. As she walked away, ‘The Shirelles’ ‘ Baby It’s You’ was playing and the song came to me there and then. The pain I felt that day can be heard in Monica’s breath-taking vocals and the bands performance on the record is stunning. To think that something so beautiful can emerge from that level of pain is extraordinary…but the pain had to be experienced for the song to exist.”
The aforementioned ‘Monica’ is singer ‘Monica Ward’. After existing as an idea for 14 years Turner only decided to release the track after hearing Wards stunning vocals. Her voice seems to capture Turners pain and personally leaves you mentally accessing your own previous break-ups. Clever song writing has the ability to do that and that’s exactly what this is.
‘The New Southern Electrikk’ is built up from previous members of Manchester 90’s indie band ‘Paris Angels’, who in their heyday were signed to Virgin Records. This new found vigour and ability to stop people in their tracks with soulful, mesmerizing melodies clearly indicates that they are one of 2015’s most exciting prospects.
See ‘The New Southern Electrikk’ at The Roadhouse, Manchester for their ‘Brown Eyes’ single launch on the 13th February 2015.
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