All posts tagged euphoric

Black Rivers – Voyager 1


It’s fair to say Mancunian outfit Doves played a huge role in moving my musical tastes away from the mainstream and into the alternative. I still love early albums Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast as much as I did when I was younger, and later albums Some Cities and Kingdom of Rust solidified Doves status as one of the best bands around, containing songs of great maturity and beauty. Having all been on official hibernation for the past few years, it was a pleasure to once again hear the warm tones of Jimi Goodwin’s voice on his debut solo album Odludek, a touching and deeply personal record with complex arrangements and a panoramic landscape. Twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams have also returned with new project Black Rivers… and if the carefree euphoria of Voyager 1 is any indication of what’s to come, then I am very much excited. The song is a glistening and ambitious effort, displaying a wonderful sense of freedom and escapism… but wrapped up in that familiar and melancholy Doves DNA. Artist Alden Volney has created an animated treasure to accompany the track.

Phill Young



“This is the place we met and from here we can proceed. A crossfade between the two of us.” – FAE

OH MY LORD. I needed this!! FAE may never realise just how much début track RUOK has affected me, but it feels like I’ve just been brought back to life. A moment of pure ecstasy breaking it’s way through the dark swirling confusion of my mind…

Having previously made music as Battlekat (who created a hype storm with the mysterious campaign ‘Just A Number 05272011’) Copenhagen based duo Jeppe Madsen and Matilde Böcher have re-invented themselves, sweeping away the dark, glitchy electronica of old and replacing it with the sound of euphoria. Emerging like a butterfly from it’s cocoon are Böcher’s unmistakable vocals, taking you to the edge of heaven, before falling away into a dream.

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