Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The New Southern Electrikk - Brown Eyes

We have another Valentine's Day offering for you, and consistent with my less than straightforward tastes, it isn't a happy song.  But it is a really great not happy song, born of Rikki Turner watching the woman he loved walking out the door fourteen years ago while The Shirelles played in the background.  He poured the feelings into "Brown Eyes", and now his Manchester based based band, The New Southern Electrikk, may have a massive hit on their hands.  Echoing ''60s girl groups and with restrained but inch-perfect production and Monica Ward's heartbreakingly evocative vocals, it has steadily added fans due to radio play and enthusiastic music writers.  Louder Than War Records has picked it up for a Valentines Day digital release, and the vinyl edition will follow in March.

B-sides "Mother of Earth" and "The Theme to The New Southern Electrikk" reveal that the band is more than a one-hit wonder.  While the former is a surging, atmospheric delight, the latter suggests the most promise.  It sprawls over five minutes with the rhythmic sense of The Charlatans (UK) or New Order with samples from Charles Bukowski.

The New Southern Electrikk is Monica Ward, Zack Davies (guitar), Rikki Turner (keys), Steven Tajti (bass) and Jim Correy (drums).


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