July 8, 2010
New music: Bim
One of the surprises of the summer is Scatterheart, the debut album by London duo Bim. Out July 28th, it's elegant pop music that will appeal to fans of Frou Frou, The Sundays and - their site suggests- The Cocteau Twins. For those with a knowledge of obscure gems, they also remind me of The Honeymoon. Regardless of the influence, the sound is so cinematic and emotional, it's hard to believe it was crafted by only two people (in the form of Rebecca Rosier and Tim Davis). In a year of ballad-less albums (Goldfrapp, Kylie, Marina, Scissters), Bim push beneath the surface.
The group is giving away a free track called Head Over Heels that is absolutely phenomenal. First, it is NOT a Gogo's cover, but rather a lush up-tempo in which the duo trade off vocals as layered, blippy the song swirls to a climax. The final minute gives me chills, so if you want to share the experience, you can sign up at their site now and get it. Dysfunctional relationships never sounded so beautiful.
Bim Head Over Heels click for FREE download
Bim - Scatterheart by bimmusic
More on Bim at the end of the month. UK residents can hear a preview of the album on Spotify and everyone catch them on EQ, who recently had them play a club night in London. They were also The Guardian's New Band Of The Day on July 6.