Feelings is the new solo project by ex-Philly Jays guitarist and singer Simon Berkfinger, and he has just released his first single ‘One In A Million‘.
Philadelphia Grand Jury were one of my favourite local acts ever and when they broke up at the end of last year I hit some dark places. Listening to Feelings is a double edged sword in many ways, its exciting but also opening up old wounds, I miss MC Bad Genius and his ‘Evil Eyes’!
Having said that, this first single is (as expected) a promising resurgence of the Philly Jays characteristic pop ingrained rock sound. ‘One In A Million’ has that raw bassline, the lowkey but effective drum patterns and that unique Berkfinger falsetto that can have even the hardest of macho men grooving. Perhaps more on the poppy side that the rock side, than I was expecting, but I will be excited to hear more from Feelings.
I will be especially keen to catch them at their shows next month, where Berkfinger will be joined on stage by Dan Sweat from Art Vs Science and Dappled Cities’ Dave Rennick. Tour Dates are below the track, along with a video that should answer any other Berkfinger related questions.
Wednesday 19 September – Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Thursday 20 September – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane
Friday 21 September – GoodGod, Sydney
Saturday 22 September – The Workers Club, Melbourne
After a three year wait, I was beginning to think Dappled Cities critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Zounds’ was the band at their peak, but their cool new single ‘Run With The Wind’ may suggest otherwise.
It is a track dominated by the beautifully catchy vocal hook and appropriate question “Why so starry eyed?”. I love everything about it, the opening drums, Dave Rennick’s high pitched vocals, the soaring guitars and in particular the repetitive step-laddering keyboard melody. I love the way it comes together to create such a quirky and unique tune. Its sounds so different to much of the music that has been coming out of Australia and I love it. Did I mention I love it?
The only thing I don’t love about it (in fact I hate it) is the accompanying youtube clip, which was a bit random and nowhere to the standard of the song it was supporting. But apparently the boys are all fans of bikes. Whatever floats your boat I guess, at least the song is freaking awesome.
After hearing this song a couple of weeks back it has been playing continuously on my iTunes, iPod and car stereo. And when I’m away from technology its on permanent repeat in by brain, the soundtrack to my dreams, my background music when walking, and my entertainment when spaced out. The great thing is I don’t mind it clicking over again and again in my head, its a song that just hits the spot every time.
With their fourth studio album due out shortly, ‘Run With The Wind’ suggests that Dappled Cities may be about to blow us away with something special. Here to hoping!