Words: Saam Das
Unlike many of my UK blogging peers, I haven't been won over by Brighton-slash-London quartet Fear Of Men. Until now, that is. Their latest single is so good that the band will be wisely recycling the track on their debut EP early next year. Listen to the gloriously fuzzy dream-pop of 'Mosaic' below.
The new single has deservedly not only picked up attention on these fair isles but over the pond too, with Stereogum and Pitchfork commenting favourably. Although the average word count for these pieces disappointingly seems to barely scrape into double figures. Maybe I'm being overly old fashioned. (Scroll past my spiel below, if you wish.)
The sweetness of the instrumentation and female-led vocals (delivered soothingly by Jess Weiss) contrast the vociferous sermon that is sampled. I'm not entirely sure how the sample crosses over but perhaps the "affliction" discussed reflects the intensity of love displayed in the lyrics of 'Mosaic'. The confounding juxtaposition probably shouldn't work. Yet it does. Magnificently so.
'Mosaic' is due for release on Too Pure on 15th October. Find more info at facebook.com/fearofmen.