Beauty in the eye of the emboldened
Towards the end of 2016, director Denis Villeneuve released his
The ultimate premise of
At the beginning of that same year, we saw the release of the album ‘Guilty of Love’ by the band Unloved.
Also highly praised (https://www.flushthefashion.com/music/music-unloved-guilty-of-love/), which equally encapsulated the belief of multiple
It’s three years later and where the previous album felt brave in
The central themes are familiar, loves, hopes, losses but the new accompanying sounds build vast layers of acoustic
Journeying through the album, there’s a spartan, primal build to ‘Sigh
Coming out of ‘Sigh’ is effectively breaking into heaven, lulling gentle organ keys, like some soothing church ceremony, with a tale form the Book of Jade being tenderly read from the pulpit.
The gorgeous defiant swagger is back for ‘Devils Angels’ in a sublimely beautiful, sexy, lush and soaring track that blew my heart, mind
Similar to a modern dj set from Holmes,
The looping techno backbone (with a hint of John Carpenter) is back for ‘Fail We May, Sail We Must’, a wonderful turn of
‘Love Lost’, it’s EVERYTHING! Another absolute stand out from the Hoxton Hall show, and with ‘Cry Baby Cry’ are two of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s hard to believe darkness exists at all when listening to profound creations like this.
‘Crash Boom Bang’ comes crashing in, taking no prisoners, a huge Bondesque theme (in fact I DEMAND that Unloved score the next Bond movie) that echoes of big band and John Barry. So basically FANTASTIC!
Jade has one of the most tender and gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard, completely emotionally exposed, and never more so than on ‘Boy and Girl’ which is heartbreakingly pure in initial simplicity that soon builds with beautiful backing vocals to a flushed hypnotic rapture.
The album closes on the ‘classic’ sound of Unloved with ‘If’, the title itself almost sums up the resonance of what the band is, unrequited moments, the possibilities, the pangs, the hopes, the beliefs, the openness, the painful honesty, the healing, the loves, the losses, the beauty of it all.
The intuitive collaboration that is at the beating heart of Unloved came about from a vast love, talent, appreciation
Having provided 27 of their songs to the global hit TV series Killing Eve (one of the best combinations of subject and music I’ve seen in years), it should open the hearts to the global audience they richly deserve. Also, see them live, it was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had.
10/10 Heartbreak by Unloved is out now, beauty and salvation
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