Curating a track in the 21st century is a tough task. The competition is high and constructing special, non-generic music is a talent in its own right. But Iceland’s BSÍ manage it so well and venture into that vibrant sound we don’t hear often. The pair are now back with a new two-sided offering, ‘Relax, blabla’, which consists of two contrasting tracks, ‘Jelly Belly’ and ‘New Moon’.
Credibility is a great tool alongside a single. Recorded and mixed by Árni Hjörvar, bassist for the internationally-known band, The Vaccines, this two-pronged expression hits with experience and brilliance behind it.
You can almost hear the inner Vaccines within ‘Jelly Belly’. Keeping a consistent tempo and triggering quite the translucent effect to a listener, the track is a feel-good entry. Clangs can be heard throughout, which just add to the overflowing infectiousness of the single. It’s a convertible-roof-up tune that has a warm, comforting approach yet it jabs at you with nostalgia that you can’t quite figure out. Bands such as Yard Act and Wet Leg spring to mind.
The song also features a lyrical sheet that explores the agony of toxic relationships. The fast-paced nature of it assembles the idea that life may seem quick during these moments, yet it sends you into a swirling storm of past traumas and anguish in one straightforward indie tune.
‘New Moon’, meanwhile, is a calming trip to the beach that writes to the listener’s ear. Its smooth wake-up call adds that extra bit of spice, too. The contrast between the two songs is very interesting indeed.
Guest review contributed by Daniel Caddick