Ahead of their highly anticipated impending album Future Kicks South London quartet Beau and the Arrows release their new single ‘Levy’. Previous singles have already whipped up mass enthusiasm for the bands highly charged and elegant harmony soaked sounds especially with previous single ‘0.7.9.3’ and with the new release showcasing a different aspect to the music of Beau and the Arrows they surely stand on the precipice of mass exposure.
‘Levy’ is released on 29th August through Happy Release Records bringing again the shining dual vocals of Beau Carter and Jasmine Foley. Originally a solo project for Carter in 2008 the soon after meeting in a college photography class with Foley was the seed for an eventual band completed in 2009 by the addition of Layla Dudley (guitar, synth) and Jaimin Allen (drums). Intense and strong support from the likes of BBC Radio DJ Steve Lamacq followed the release of their Bright Lights, Big City EP in 2009 and debut single ‘Fix’, something that should increase even farther afield with ‘Levy’.
The track is a vibrant melodic 80‘s post punk party of sound. It carries glimpses of familiarity from the likes of The Passage, The Cocteau Twins, and the Pixies but these are mere glancing thoughts as the track swirls its way around the ear. The song is like a long lost friend whom you cannot remember; it carries a tip of the tongue recognition alongside a modern tone and bright touch. The drums are conservative but strong, the synths lively and warm, whilst the guitars and bass perfectly frame the wonderful dual vocals with a discordant tinge to their play. If Joy Division had been a pop band they would have sounded in many ways probably like Beau and the Arrows.
The single is fresh, eventful, and a joy which the ear eagerly consumes. The creativity and uniqueness is delightful as well as inventive and makes the anticipation for the album even more intense. For the moment though ‘Levy’ satisfies the need perfectly and Beau and the Arrows show they will be one of the major forces and inspirations for the future.
Beau and The Arrows will launch ’Levy’ with a free entry gig at Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms on the 23rd August. ‘Levy’ will be available to download from iTunes and all good digital retailers on 29th August 2011.
Forthcoming live dates:
Tuesday 19th July – The Monarch, Camden
Thursday 28th July – Discovery @ AAA, High St. Kensington
Wednesday 3rd August – Death Disco @ The Notting Hill Arts Club
Tuesday 9th August – The Barfly, Camden
Tuesday 23rd August – The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston