French Wives are a five piece indie-pop band from Glasgow. After supporting Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club, headlining the acclaimed T Break Stage at T in the Park and winning the Scotsman Radar Prize, they enter 2011 with a new EP. Their debut EP, Feel Safe Small, is set to be released on February 21st, which will be followed by an extensive UK in support of the record.
The EP opens with ‘Big Brave Boy‘, a quick and punchy song despite the lyrics of losing somebody you love: “I see death come and take you away, I’m a big brave boy…Baby, goodbye.” But alongside this, the sound of a violin in the background and its outbreaks of cheerfully sung Ooh’s gives it an upbeat rhythm.
‘Purple Hell‘ is a more poppy track, not that I’m saying that this is a bad thing. Although the vocals seem a little deeper, the song makes you want to dance and sing along to its catchy chorus.
‘Covered in Grace‘ is a little slower but this better shows the vocal ability of their frontman. A less upbeat song yet this is possibly my favourite track from the EP. The layers of vocals and instruments fit together better here making a fuller sound, showing the true potential of what French Wives have to give.
The EP then ends with ‘Confidence‘. Slower still with a mellow flow of sounds, the song carries with it a set of beautiful lyrics: “And it’s sad to see self-pity go, you’ve been a friend. There’s a face in the fire that helps you find sense in the end.” This song nicely wraps up the EP as the instruments come to a still.
There’s definitely more to look forward to in 2011.