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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B00J57T56E
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Basements hung with fairy lights, 60s tape reels spinning antique spools, drums dusted with white powder. Gritty riffs and psych rock washes slither beneath airy, blissed-blank Nico vocals spinning spectral tales of shattered romance. A beautifully ruined pair – he a leather-clad glowering guitar phantom, she a glacial, broken bombshell – blow glitter at each other through the flashes from old cameras. This is the world of Coves, a classic psych-garage aesthetic vacuum-sealed forever in one time, one space. The space is Castle Grayskull, the live-in studio that musical mastermind John Ridgard helped build in a disused office in Leamington Spa and where their debut album was recorded. And the time covers the duration of singer and lyricist Beck Wood's last big relationship, laid out in her songs from first flutter to final choke. The 10-track album is just 40 minutes long and includes ‘Honeybee’, which was the first song they wrote together and arguably their most vicious, Beck sweetly snarling “you’re burning through my memory like a poison” over John’s demonic gutter bass, the sitar’n’synth psych-pop wonder ‘No Ladder’ and the propulsive garage beauty ‘Cast A Shadow’ (“that's about when I got back with him and all the frustration in the relationship”) which will be the band’s next single, due for release on 27th January.

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As psych as the album cover, Coves' Soft Friday is reminiscent of dream pop duos Joy Zipper, Viva Voce and Quasi but unusually they're Brits, from Leamington Spa (destined to be the new Haight-Ashbury). If you're a sucker for repeat patterns (you know, Stereolab, Maps first album, Brian Jonestown Massacre), wall of sound layers, 1967 Love/VU/Zombies Odessey period psychedelia, stuff that makes you want to skip like a girl (even if you're male and old enough to remember 1967) then this hits the spot (for me, at least). If you wander aimlessly around the cyberveldt looking for something that gives you the kick that hearing Pavement or Galaxie 500 or J&MC for the first time did (oh the grammar) then Coves (not there yet but...) also hits a similar spot. Songs like Cast A shadow sound like Aufheben-Brian Jonestown Massacre with Sandie Shaw on vocals and Let the Sun Go (a favourite) reminds me oddly of Bobby Gentry but plonked down with Spacemen 3 as a backing band. I think euphoric is the word. Oh in days where everything sounds like aural BBC3 to me, Depeche Mode tributers, buskers discovered on youtube, blah blah, this is a tonic. Thanks young Coves you've made an old man happy (and skip like a girl).
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A musical duo hailing from Leamington Spa making ear catchy tunes that are so well crafted you may think you have heard them all before, but... possibly too syrupy for some and therefore lacking in the challenge department. The tracks are pulsatingly driven with hypnotic passages of guitar riffs to a steady tranquilising beat that plainly calls on the psychedelia moniker with a strong element of dance, while a moody lyrical feminine air permeates the atmosphere with the kind of Indie vibe that smacks of cool underground slouchness and dreamy pop.

Beck Wood's yearning vocals overladen with the drive guitar wizardry of John Ridgard creates a dark attitude that is so reminiscent of early Garbage, The Howling Bells as well as some of the rock and blues inspired groove making of DJ duo Deep Dish - compare with the amazing 'Flasdance'. 'Wake Up' is the stand out track for me, but the remaining album is also worth a long ride, that is until you run out of juice. If you are seeking a debut release in 2014 with some significant melodic artistry infused with melancholic wandering then look no further.
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Strong debut. There's some great psychedelic music on here. Elements of Jefferson Airplane, JAMC but filtered through their own distinctive sound. The production is ace.
Catch them live if you can.
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