Surfing on Big Wave’s new EP

Artist: Big Wave

Title: The Roots of Love (Come Tumbling Down)

Released:  June 11th, 2012

Label: Soft Power Records

Format: Cassette EP

Genre: indie, pop, twee

Riding on the heels of Soft Power’s cassette release for September Girls (which sold out in 3 days), is this brilliant cassette by Torquay’s own five-piece act, Big Wave.

If you’ve noticed the term “twee” up there, and have never heard of it before, don’t panic.  Up until now, I hadn’t heard of it either.  The term describes a subgenre of pop unique to the UK that’s almost sickeningly sweet.  The genre is rich with jangly guitars, sweet melodies and pristine vocals.

And true to its name, the music is exactly that.  Oh yes, it’s sweet, but holding fast to its indie influences.  Tracks like “Another Year or Two,” and the title track are good examples of this.  “Blissed Out” I think is my favorite on the EP.  The blend of twee and indie on that track is like a fine, sweet wine.  It’s sweet, easy to swallow and you can’t help but want more.

I should say that just about every track on this EP is great.  The band seems to have their feet firmly planted where they ought to be and they seem to have a solid plan on where they are going.  Their sound works well and the songs all fit perfectly well together.  The writing is upbeat and it tends to follow the sweet honey flavor of love without sounding cliché.

It seems lately that I’ve been blessed to review a lot of fresh, fun and accessible music and this release certainly adds to the good vibrations I’ve been riding on constantly this year,.  This will for sure be a release not to miss if you’re a fan of prime, juicy indie pop tracks along the lines of early Belly, perhaps the Breeders, and certain qualities of Beth Orton.  The sound of the music itself is something between 80s jangle, 90s indie, and fresh, new indie pop from within the last five years.  The end result is something magical and fun.

At the risk of sounding redundant, this is an ultra-sweet EP.  There’s not a slow spot on this release and I would urge you to look into it.  This EP features a reissue of the first EP (“Another Year or Two”) and several new tracks unique to this release.  Give twee a chance.  You might like it.

4.7 out of 5.


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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