30 Mar 2015

Bel Esprit / Island (song review)

Two of the things I'm most passionate about are incredible music, and a thriving local music scene - and as maybe you'd imagine if you voyage regularly to The Joiners, in Southampton this happens a lot.

Here we've got one of the Southampton music scene's best bands' latest song Island. Bel Esprit take their name from TS Elliot's monetary fund, and are currently signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store - a label run by Gary Powell of The Libertines. Apart from the title track, Island is the first offering from their forthcoming EP Lose My Mind, and it's already shaping up brilliantly, and will really put the Southampton quartet on the map.

The song itself is subtle, yet brilliant. To begin with it's bright indie-pop at it's most atmospheric, with the maths rock of Foals and Men's Needs... era Cribs being obvious touchpoints, with skiffly drums harrying the song along in a way that makes it incredibly danceable. But from there, it builds up with hypnotic vocals, infectious hooks throughout and and even a screechy yet subdued guitar solo towards the end.

Bel Esprit are one of the finest upcoming bands in the business, and their new EP should help other people see that, and Island's an integral part of that. Already we've heard the title track, which is equally fantastic, so all that's left now is to hear the rest of the stunning EP that is the debut of this brilliant band. 

Already this year, they smashed it at the battle of the bands which sealed them a spot at Southampton's Common People, and are about to go on their first proper UK tour (dates below). From the outside it looks like things are coming together for this 4-piece, who make some of the brightest indie, most hopeful sounding music I've heard in a while.

Hear the new song ISLAND here

1st April – The Joiners, Southampton
2nd April – Sixty Million Postcards, Bournemouth
3rd April – Barfly, London
4th April – The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
8th April – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
9th April – The Railway, Winchester