LISTEN: Mellow Gang – ‘Big Builds’

Have you ever seen Florence Welch dancing? Arms in the air, her body being thrown around in circles. A frenzied spectacle but no less graceful, like a butterfly radiantly frolicking between iridescent sun beams… Now, if her movements made noises, what would they sound like?

That was a trick question because they’d most definitely sound something like this new track from Mellow Gang, ‘Big Builds’. The London four-piece have created something that can only be described as sonic radiance.

‘Big Builds’ opens with an earworm of a riff, sung by a visceral and mesmerising chiming guitar, bolstered with reverb. Kicking the song into the eldritch cousin of dream pop is the sultry vocals of frontwoman, Harriet Joseph. Her low, drawled voice bursts the enchanting bubble cast by the guitar;  not with sharpness, however, but by oozing into it.

Contrasting with this melancholic slumber, the chorus defines the twirling sensation of euphoria, echoing the 2003 No Doubt track ‘It’s my Life’. Strangely, an organ sings with glee underneath bursts of excited rhythms and glorious melodies.

Brilliantly atmospheric, this track will leave you feeling weightless, floating in the space between the Earth and sky.

Listen to ‘Big Builds’ here:

 

Adjourn, the upcoming debut album from Mellow Gang, is out 10th May.

 

Megan Berridge
@noisygal_

Track Of The Day: Mellow Gang – ‘Temps’

Following last year’s impressive debut EP Play, psych-pop four piece Mellow Gang have since received praise from the likes of BBC 6 Music, Clash and London In Stereo, and are now back to bewitch listeners with a brand new single.

Flowing with a sweeping ethereal haze and raw emotion, ‘Temps’ will have you hooked on first listen. Oozing a twinkling, psychedelic soundscape alongside the spellbinding power of Harriet Joseph’s rich, brooding vocals, it’s a truly captivating, and totally dreamy, wall of sound.

Of the track, the band explain:

” (it) centres on an emotional alternation between realising some relationships, being friends or romantic, were only supposed to be temporary, and the helpless limbo that comes with all of the inconsistency of trying to salvage anything out of desperation. Reflectively, yes it’s sad, as you become dependent, but also hopeful. There’s always aggression towards the end, but in calling it a day, it’s deciding whether to be kind, or just let that hot and cold frustration turn into a front you later regret.”

 

‘Temps’ is out 16th March. And you can catch Mellow Gang live on their upcoming tour:

7th March – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
8th March – The Horn, St Albans
9th March – Modern Art, Oxford
10th March – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
14th March – The Waiting Room, London
15th March – Heartbreakers, Southampton
16th March – Purple Turtle, Reading
17th March – Moles, Bath

Mari Lane
@marimindles