Cafe Emery Hill (Big Stir Digital Single No.80)
With less than two weeks before the release of the new double album Man On The Sea from Canterbury, England's SPYGENIUS, BIG STIR RECORDS offers an appetizer in the form of the delectable new single, “Café Emery Hill” paired with the vintage offering “13 Years (May Song)” served up Friday 3 July and up for pre-order reservations at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now! And they're garnished with brand new sleeve art from CHAMPNISS that not only previews the song's forthcoming video, but may leave you longing for an English brekkie at the titular eatery.
The sprightly, inventively-arranged “Café Emery Hill” is one of the many instantly-hummable pop delights that season the sweeping Man On The Sea, filled with delightful counterpoint vocals, surprise key changes, and clever carnival flourishes complementing its slightly off-kilter bounce. One of the last tunes recorded for MOTS, it's an uncharacteristically studio-constructed piece for a band so renowned for their live shows. “The consequence of this is that it is as yet impossible to play live,” says single-singwriter-guitarist PETER WATTS. “That’s one of the challenges for us for when we're able to play gigs again! I have no idea how we’re going to do the fairground bit – kazoos, maybe?” We have no doubt they'll manage it, but on this recording, the adornment suits the band to perfection.
Our B-side is both a throwback to the very first Spygenius record, 2008's SONGS FROM THE DEVIL'S TYPIST, and a complement to the more existential and melancholy songs that shape the new record. “Some songs come from the heart... some songs come from the brain, they take a little longer to explain” sings Watts over a ticking acoustic groove, between idylls of harmony, tossing in references to entropy and Stravinsky, with a “thank you” to Brian Wilson on the side. It shows that, then as now, he's adroit with both kinds of tunes, and song allows us to point out that the band's entire back catalog awaits discovery on CD and download at www.bigstirrecords.com/spygenius while you wait for Man On The Sea... or indeed as a fine desert following the buffet feast of the new record!