Common Tongues – Beasts

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UK indie folk band Common Tongues continue to impress with their releases and now look at the end of the year with another thoroughly enjoyable single. Beasts is a magnetic little slice of melodic enticement, a song which reinforces all the good work built through previous unveilings and confirms the rising stature of the Brighton band.

From the release of their outstanding debut, the Jumping Ships single of 2011, Common Tongues has grabbed the imagination of fans and media alike across their live performances and releases. 2013 though has been their biggest year to date, the Solitary Thinker single starting it off in impressive style. The band built on that with critically acclaimed performances at the Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well their own successful shows and recently playing support for The Villagers. Now Beasts ensures the year comes to a pleasing close for the band and their fans.

An emotive ambience spreads around the ear at first instantly joined by the impressive vocals. It makes a compelling introduction to Beasts, a start which is enhanced by the slow dark call of the bass and gentle vocal harmonies, both eager yet restrained. With keys and guitars stepping forward with a suggestive breeze and country twang respectively, the song is soon filling the imagination and emotions with a mesmeric array of small but distinct twists and musical turns within a folk bred enterprise. The song never erupts into the festivities hinted at but just tenderly coaxes the senses and passions to enlist in its magnetic persuasion.

Beasts is a fully enticing treat, maybe not the strongest release from the band but one which continues with strength the impressive fascination of Common Tongues.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 09/11/2013

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Common Tongues: Solitary Thinker

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    Bewitched and enchanted by their 2011 debut single Jumping Ships, UK indie folksters Common Tongues has kept a candle in the passions vibrantly burning as they unveiled more delicious pop folk majesty through songs which continually smoulder and ignite the passions. Their new single is no exception, the song an emotive caress upon thoughts and emotions which first seduces before leading the listener into a sizzling yet tender melodic romp of contagious energy.

The Brighton band was formed in 2010 by childhood friends Tom Anderson and Oli Hinkins, who grew up together in Cambridge. With a line-up completed by Andrew Stuart-Buttle, Dan Somers, and James Drohan, the band released first two track single Jumping Ships via Something Nothing Records to a strong eager response following it up over the past couple of years with impressive appearances at numerous festivals including Bestival, and the Secret Garden Party, as well as support performances alongside the likes of Beth Jeans Houghton, Michelle Stodart, Juan Zelada, The Miserable Rich, and Alice Gold. Citing influences from the artists such as Yann Tiersen, Villagers, Radiohead and Brian Wilson as inspirations, the band creates sounds which tempt and persuade like sunshine whilst evoking and inspiring like her alluring touch.

Taken from their new April released EP, Solitary Thinker is the perfect teaser, a song which triggers a rich appetite for more ctwhilst igniting flames of pleasure to make the short wait for much more bearable. The song emerges from a brewing breath with acoustic guitar and melancholic violin weaving gently across the senses, their stroke tender yet powerfully suggestive. The feeling of loneliness is accentuated as the vocals add their weight and expression though the music equally offers a little dance of light and hope throughout the emotive heart. Mid-way through the track entertains rhythmic teases which raise and incite the temperature and intent of the song into a feisty launch of energy which sparks further rapture as the building crescendo of expertly crafted sounds and anthemic vocals explodes within the heart.

The song walks the perfect line between emotionally intense and light and whimsical, achieving both without unbalancing the passion or fun of the track. Musically too the track merges more forceful sounds which maybe are a rarity in folk pop with traditional majestic beauty in harmonies, melodies, and expression. It is a glorious song which will ensure an even more focused and maybe impatient anticipation for the upcoming EP.

www.commontongues.co.uk

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8.5/10

RingMaster 23/02/2013

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