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Back in mid summer 2014 , we discovered Coves, a British duo with a taste for 1960s psychedelic vibes. Their new EP Spectrum , picks off where their debut album “Soft Friday” left off, dabbling in ethereal vocals and pounding percussion. Coves  new release  “Spectrum EP” the band from  Leamington Spa, UK duo Coves have become one of my favorites during this last 12 months. Their take on synth-pop is soaring, anthemic, and engrossing, and the music is perfect for whatever mood you’re in. they released a fantastic debut Soft Friday, an album that was exhilarating from the very first song to the last,  frequently coming back to the album  resulting in it being one of our favorite albums of 2014.

Becky Wood and John Ridgard are still hard at work, and last week they released a new four-track EP, titled Spectrum, This aptly titled album sees the band expand upon on their roaring synth-pop. The opening and lead single, “Shot To The Wall”, is the grittiest track they’ve done with more of a rock edge. The stupendous “No Looking Back” is a cinematic and atmospheric number. a track that leaves you gasping for a breath as Wood tells the story of a lost soul while Ridgard’s guitar and Beck’s keys brilliantly hover in the background before erupting into the song’s monumental climax.

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“Twist” is a mid-tempo track that seems almost subdue for Coves, but it retains the catchy rhythms and melodies of songs on Soft Friday. The album concludes with the excellent “No Ladder”, which was on the duo’s debut. It was one of the few tracks that got overlooked as fans flocked to the scintillating numbers like “Beatings” and “Fall Out of Love”. This song, though, is stunning for his simplicity and restraint, showing that Coves isn’t just a band trying to blow your minds but also attempting to steal your hearts as well.

Last year’s ‘Soft Friday’ LP was a fuzzy rush of shoegaze, garage and pop. Now the Leamington Spa duo succeed it with this new EP, featuring more rickety, infectious gems like ‘Shot To The Wall’.

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Spectrum is laced with driving riffs, propulsive beats and glacial atmospherics, spiked with Beck’s chilling lyrics of lying wolves, spurned lovers, star lights and dark nights that strike like a shard of glass to the heart.
Coves have risen quietly, but elegantly. Last year they released their critically acclaimed debut album Soft Friday, which won them firm support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw, 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Don Letts and Radcliffe and Maconie and XFM’s John Kennedy, to name but a few.

They dropped lead track ‘Shot To The Wall’ ahead of their glittering headline tour in March.  But now the EP Spectrum will be available for free download on 13th April, after which the band will be returning to the studio to work on their next album.

Track Listing
1. Shot To The Wall
2. No Looking Back
3. Twist4. No Ladder (revisited)

 

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No Looking Back’ really does encapsulate all that’s great about the music of Coves and of all the tunes on the Spectrum EP it’s this one that feels like it could be the bridge between their debut album Soft Friday ( named apparently after John Ridgard and Beck Wood’s tendency to get a little ‘wrecked’ every Friday..) and their second album which they’ll soon start work on. It’s beautiful, evocative, poetic, inspiring cinematic pop of some distinction. In fact if truth be told it makes us want to climb the highest mountain, bathe in the light of the brightest stars and give thanks that Coves exist.
The EP also contains another brand new tune titled ‘Twist’ a rather apt title given that it’s imbued with slightly more unorthodox sound than perhaps Coves are associated with. It’s a bewitching fusion of wonky twisting electronic new wave pop and proves that Coves are certainly not a band content to stay in their musical comfort zone. As well as previous single ‘Shot To The Wall’ the free Spectrum EP also boasts a fantastic five and half minute reworking of ‘No Ladder’ from their debut album,

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Leaminton Spa based band Coves have unveiled ‘Shot To The Wall’, the lead track from their new EP Spectrum, out on April 13th. This, their first new material since last year’s LP, “Soft Friday”, picks up where the duo left off on their beautiful and thrilling debut. Elegant, atmospheric and most definitely Coves, ‘Shot To The Wall’ casts yet another beguiling and chilling spell. Laced with scorching riffs, laden with reverb, propulsive beats and glacial atmospherics, spiked with Wood’s mellifluous, chilling cooing.

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There are plenty of bands of Coves‘ ilk currently doing the rounds – boy-girl duo, spectral vocals, ’60s psychedelic influences, dreamy synths – but few, if any, come close to Coves’  The new “EP Spectrum” will be released on April 13th, The band will be at the Nottingham Bodega on the 10th March,

Coves’ debut album was released in June.

We said – “I was hooked immediately by Coves. Opening with the 60s influenced Fall Out Of Love, this debut LP was off to a great start. They somehow manage to merge garage rock with a Phil Spector Philles girl band sound. There are no low points on the album. Fall Out Of Love, Honeybee and Cast A Shadow are probably my favourites. I say probably because every time I give the album a spin something else grabs me. There’s elements of the Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine in there too. Some say there’s a White Stripes vibe going on but Coves are miles ahead of them. This is a perfect late night record. I know I will still be playing and loving Soft Friday in years to come.

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Coves from Leamington Spa in the middle of the Warwickshire Countryside, the Coves’ debut album was released in June.

first time I heard this band I was hooked immediately by Coves. Opening with the 60s influenced Fall Out Of Love, their debut LP was off to a great start. They somehow manage to merge garage rock with a Phil Spector Philles girl band sound. There are no low points on the album. tracks like “Fall Out Of Love”, “Honeybee” and “Cast A Shadow” are probably my favourites. I say probably because every time I give the album a spin something else grabs me. There’s elements of the Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine in there too. Some say there’s a White Stripes vibe going on but Coves are miles ahead of them. This is a perfect late night record. I know I will still be playing and loving Soft Friday in years to come.

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taken from the new album out now “Soft Friday”  Coves from Leamington Spa in the Midlands, John Ridgard and Becky Wood’s Dreamy pop tones the band certainly have something special going on, the band will be supporting St Vincent currently on tour.

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Coves are John Ridgard and Beck Wood from Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, Psychedelica Pop A fantastic new band, catch them as support to Band of Skulls at the Rescue Rooms Saturday 29th March