Five-piece Birmingham outfit, Ivory Wave, have taken the Midlands by storm with their swagger and unique sound. Their recent release: Dream Nights EP gives a taster about what they’re all about, hectic live shows and a unique sound.
The early 90s spill into the eardrums like honey as opening track ‘The Middle’ kicks in with a piano reminiscent of Happy Mondays. Musically this tune contains Manchester groove, from bass to hi-hat. A song detailing the frustrations of the youth living in England, eagerly anticipating the weekend which never lasts long enough. Next tune, ‘Uptown’ seamlessly follows. Another bassline to get the hips moving sits underneath an infectious vocal delivery referencing technology and crossed wires. A true dance-y number ‘Pale Moonlight’ introduces some very welcome Primal Scream-esque grooves. George Johnson perfectly encapsulates British nightlife through witty observations, making light of a bittersweet culture running through the modern youth. Another intro fit for a Ministry of Sound tape, ‘Weigh Me Down’ insights Johnson’s restlessness at his current situation with an aggressive delivery.
It’s clear that the Brummy feels there is so much more to come from himself, and he would relish the chance to catch his potential. The bridge showcases Ivory Waves’ talent in production, the electronic vocal effects remind you that this EP is actually from 2019, layering a clever modern twist on their 90s sounds. The final track of the EP demonstrates Ivory Wave’s dynamism as songwriters with delicate, proper indie tune ‘Young Blood’. The lyrics highlight how all young adults are desperately attempting to escape impending responsibility and growing older. A huge chorus kicks in with lyrics that are sure to echo around most UK venues and bars.
The repetition of “young blood forever” is the perfect way to conclude Ivory Wave’s Dream Nights EP, a set of tunes with topics so embedded in youth culture that will relate to most youngs adult in England.
It’s clear to see with ‘Dream Nights’ that Ivory Wave are masters at writing a chorus that will wriggle its way into your brain and occupy your memory for hours,. Their current tour (and future) is set to be not only highly successful but also hectic and a journey you don’t want to miss.
You can listen and stream the EP here: lnk.to/DreamNights The band play Edingbrough tonight supporting Jaws all remaining dates here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ivorywaveuk/events/ They have also announced they will be on indie weight heavyweight promoter’s This Feeling ‘Big In 2020’ bill at Nambucca on the 11th of January. Tickets at www.thisfeeling.co.uk