One to watch: I AM ARROWS
I Am Arrows
are an amazing indie-rock band, founded by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows in June 2009.
Their debut album is special. Really special. I finally got round to listening to it yesterday (because when I listen to music, especially albums, I need to devote a good amount of time to hearing it in its entirety, otherwise how else can you be a fair judge of it?). So, with the opening track “Nun” reminding me of OneRepublic and the indie-electronica American band Mega Bass, I was immediately interested and excited to hear more. The album flips from cool, catchy creations to much more experimental energies on tracks such as “Monster Dash”.
Dope beats are provided courtesy of Burrows, who doesn’t disappoint on the drums – as expected. I can’t seem to work out whether it’s my headphones, or if it’s just great music, but their tracks sound so good.
is indie-electro at it’s best, with an essence of funk thrown in for good measure. The result is a tune.
Sun Comes Up Again has a somewhat vintage sound to it. It’s making me want to be by the sea, overlooking the horizon / cruising down the Californian coast whilst jamming to it in a convertible, top down, no frown. It’s sweet as. Full of raw riffs, little licks and melodic lines that are dancing around in my head, the album fuses West-Coast soft-rock with Wild Wild West rhythms (“Battle For Hearts And Minds”/”Nice Try”) and even jazzier vibes to create a lovely balance musically.
The band’s harmonies are food to my ears. I am a little bit in love with “Nice Try”. It sounds like it needs to be in a Michel Gondry film. It has such a Jon Brion vibe to it. I want to dance to it in a massive room. The bass is booming. Mmhm. And when you think it can’t get any better, there’s a beautiful build in the song which literally took me on a journey. Their music is actually painting pictures in my head. I’m seeing colours, strokes, shades and tones. Shapes, all different sizes. Patterns. Okay, so it was starting to feel like I was a flipping kaleidoscope or something, but it’s been a while since I’ve had the urge to paint and this album has most definitely inspired me to.
Think the Tudors but modern and voilà = “So Long Ago”
Such a consistent offering.
I could happily score an entire film with this album. Thank you I AM ARROWS, thank you very much.