Ever since Stanley Brinks was a member of cult French group Herman Dune (with whom he was known as André Herman Dune), The Wave Pictures have been close associates, featuring on session recordings and sharing stages. Since his departure in 2006, he's joined forces with the Leicestershire indie types for three albums, so much so that the names are now closely entwined. October will see the release of their fourth LP together, the delightfully titled 'My Ass', from which new single 'Berlin' is taken. Never short of a song or two, the new record took shape very quickly.
Brinks has experimented with different styles throughout his career, but is perhaps best known for indiepop that's catchy and often quite eclectic. 'Berlin' is no different, absorbing exotic sounds and mixing them with a neat slice of guitar-pop with a memorable, sing-along chorus featuring what sounds like the whole studio team. The warmth and talk of "last night's drinks" are something of a contrast to much music associated with the German city. B-side 'It's Complicated' has a similarly clear vocal and again uses many voices, but the pace slows to create a different atmosphere; perhaps one that's a little more thoughtful and maudlin. These are two fine tracks though, so long may this partnership continue.
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Catch them live:
Stanley Brinks solo:
Wed Sep 30th: LONDON - All You Read Is Love, Leytonstone
Tour dates with The Wave Pictures and Freschard:
Fri Oct 2nd : CARDIFF - Full Moon