When the ‘If I Was A Girl’ EP came out last year the critical acclaim for the release and for The Cellophane Flowers themselves was wide and deep, and rightly so as their intriguing, engaging, and at times wrong footing indie pop showed there was some unique creativeness still alive in the genre. Whilst working on their debut album Staring At The World with notable producer Dave Allen (The Cure / Depeche Mode / Human League / The Charlatans), the multi-national quartet have released the new single ‘Freeze Me’ as not only a teaser for the forthcoming release but also a nudge to those already aware of them to not forget their enticing sound. Guitarist Ian Sumner says in reference to the recording of the album “It’s a great experience working with Dave,” and added “Working with Dave has blown our mind, the ideas and approach has helped us to explore a new musical territory.”
Whilst waiting in growing anticipation for the album fans can enjoy a duo of tracks taken from the ‘If I Was A Girl EP’ that as well as bringing great joy show a band destined to inspire and break down limits in any direction they choose.
‘Freeze Me’ immediately beckons the listener closer with the guitar opening which gently strolls in being joined as the chords flow by simple and effective rhythms. Everything breaks into a wider smile musically as Italian vocalist Francesca Corradini lets her emotive tones flow. She has a voice that demands attention without imposing, her voice bewitching. As the track develops the drums of Nick Guy become more insistent and Sumner lets his guitar sing behind and around Corradini’s captivating voice creating crescendos and swells that can only please.
The magical song ‘Belinda’ accompanies ‘Freeze Me’ on the release. It is an uplifting song with a hybrid summery calypso–ska kind of groove in the verses before giving way to a satisfying indie rock sound. The bass of Australian-Italian Luca Napolitano is a wonderful rumbling growl whilst the voice of enchantress Corradini again with its alluring, magnetic fascination is glorious.
Musically though The Cellophane Flowers are hard to pin down, which is refreshing in itself, there is an 80’s feel to their sound. There are traces of Throwing Muses certainly to them enhanced with the quirky pop of Whale and in a way also Daisy Chainsaw, certainly vocally for the latter; all are apparent flavours but the resulting sound is all The Cellophane Flowers exclusively and very appetising it is indeed.
‘Freeze Me’ is a wonderful and delightful release to bring more fans in and to abate the wait for their debut album, one that many will after this release be anticipating even more eagerly.