Taking over Stoke Newington’s The Waiting Rooms, Baywaves made sure to bring some Spanish heat to their performance in one of London’s most intimate venue. The crowd danced on, despite the venues humidity to the sounds of reverberating, melodic psychedelic pop.
After debuting their first EP, ‘Only For Uz’ mixed by King Gizzard’s Joe Walker in 2016, the band have had a steady progression of success, playing the likes of FIB Benicassim, Primavera Sound and End of the Road. Playing the four hits off their EP, their newest single Gliss and two unreleased sounds, it was an evening of kaleidoscopic sound and feel-good vibes.
The band opened with ‘Time Is Passing U By’, arguably the bands biggest release thus far. Playing their own style of ‘hipnopop’, the crowd was catapulted into wavey, guitar-heavy bliss. Following in the footsteps of DIIV, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Pond, their sound is not totally unfamiliar, yet feels fresh, care-free yet carefully crafted and mature.
Their second song was an unreleased new single, as they teased their audience with a small glance into what they have to expect in the near future. They then jumped back into their earlier days, with ‘Brazil’. With its melodic vocals, laid-back bassline and gradual progression, the floaty pop-rock reverberated through the intimate setting.
Next up, another unreleased new song from the Spanish psych masters, with colourful melodies and their signature pop-rock aesthetic. Followed by ‘The Freak Kingdom’ from their debut EP. The four-piece hypnotised their excitable audience with their thoughtfully crafted, yet organic performance. The energy then shifted slightly as they worked their way into ‘Marsupilami’ bringing a more bouncy, animated feel to things.
Closing the set with their latest release, ‘Gliss’, they played around with this spirited atmosphere to perform their new, summery hit. A gently infectious feel-good hit that is sure to be featured in any psychedelic pop summer playlist. Supported by London’s own The Death of Pop, the night was fuelled by a generally positive atmosphere, good tunes and a band on the rise.
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