The Microdance, described by Vice Magazine as “A heady confection of epic Alternative Rock, Shoegaze, New Wave with the occasional dose of tasteful Metal – the most exciting Alt Rock in a decade” are back with the follow-up to their unanimously acclaimed ‘New Waves of Hope’, the ominously titled ‘Our Love Noire’ due out in June by Somewherecold Records.
First up though, we have a single: the driving ‘Lovesick Kisses’ – out 23rd April through Somewherecold Records – an alternative Rock song with shades of Shoegaze, but typical to TMD’s protean nature, this is Shoegaze with a twist: Shoegaze with bite. The drums are propulsive, the guitars fuzzy, the bass gloopy and soaked in chorus and the vocals, while sensitive – given their subject matter – are propelled with just enough attitude to take this song into the genre-crossing territory we’ve come to expect from The Microdance: Think Peter Hook meets Siamese Dream era Smashing Pumpkins.
Frontman, Alex Keevill had this to say about ‘Lovesick Kisses’ “For us, it’s a Pop song, I mean it has three choruses! I wanted to blend the delicacy of so much of the textured music that I love with some vigour and bite. I don’t like my songs to lean on one aesthetic. I want people to enjoy the song more than five times.”
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Our Love Noire is the follow up to the unanimously acclaimed ‘New Waves of Hope’, a debut described by Guitar Monthly as “One of the most sprawlingly ambitious and magnificent debuts in Rock history’. ‘New Waves of Hope’ features Nicole Fiorentino (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt) on backing vocals and Eric Gardner (Iggy Pop, Morrissey, Tegan & Sara, Cypress Hill, Moby) on drums.
So, what can we expect from ‘Our Love Noire’? It’s a journey, the sounds of a band successfully pursuing a quickening blend of elements from a diverse platter of alternative music. Keevill describes it as a “mixtape” – it gets super heavy in places (there are even shades of Black Metal in the monstrous, seven-minute ‘Get Darker’), it’s super fragile in others, it’s an album filled with rich layers and even at its heaviest moments, is beautiful throughout. ‘OLN’ was recorded in many different studios with several engineers and co-producers over a four year period – hence the mixtape tag. This approach was engendered by the anomalous circumstances (Keevill: “the less said about that, the better”) that led to the band’s split in 2016.
One thing is for sure, ‘Our Love Noire’, like ‘New Waves of Hope’ is certainly “up there with the most exciting Alt-Rock for a decade.”
The Microdance now has it’s complete pre ‘Our Love Noire’ discography – including songs from side projects, demos and even songs Keevill recorded 15 years ago available at pay what you want here: www.themicrodance.bandcamp.com