Unvarnished, unabashed, unbridled, uncensored: rising from the ashes, this is raw emotion transmogrified. This is experimental free-flow form, from instrumental arrangement to voice. It’s Man, Woman, Human, Love and Death.
Unloved’s ‘THE PINK ALBUM’ is due for release 2 September.
“In my head, ‘Mother’s been a bad girl’ is a tale of duality, searching for authenticity,” says frontwoman Jade Vincent. “It slips effortlessly from the point of view of those watching — surmising, to those judging — cheekily chanting, Mother’s been a bad girl ! over and over, all sass, steeped in tradition, and ending in the final words of the dignified matriarch, regaining her composure, Are you truly certain you can handle me?”
It’s the Brill Building at night, illuminated only by the streetlights. The avant-garde with heart and soul. It’s the revolutionary band, The United States of America, filtered through the soundtracks of beautiful, baffling movies you have only seen in your mind. It’s when the gum-snapping, back-combing, smart-talking girl group member feels the blast of the world, its cruelties, and becomes, simultaneously, a different, darker, singer
– Jade Vincent –
Unloved’s latest release, THE PINK ALBUM, is dawn and dusk, the epic and the intimate. This 22-track double album, its title inspired by the artwork of Julian House, features collaborations with Jarvis Cocker, Étienne Daho, Raven Violet and Jon Spencer. Pink has it modulations: shocking at times but signifying also tenderness, intimacy, the carnal. THE PINK ALBUM knows the shades of love, its nuances, and how it can be delicious – and frightening. Marvellous – and aching. Rather than be the silver lining to the cloud, THE PINK ALBUM mines deeper, to a precious ore, dark and glittering…
…Be seduced by the whispered, languorous, bluesy, not so sweet nothings of Love Experiment and the lippy insouciance of Turn of the screw. Thrill to the infinite variety: Mother’s been a bad girl is brazen, and I don’t like you anymore gloriously sultry. Here is Foolin’, where languid, world-weary jazz sounds are skewed by a phantasmagoric organ from a funfair hallucinated, and there’s the sparkling fury and celestial chorus of Rainbrose, as though some flower-festooned goddess is emerging. Go from the jaunty keyboards and hey! hey! hey! of WTC to the melancholic poise of Ever, the jittery electropop of Girl can’t help it, to the spacious Morricone-tinged Lucky. Be reminded that the past is a snare, the future doesn’t care. All we have is Now. There is psychedelic world-warping sound, but also times when reality is acutely, achingly, present. Number in my phone is a beautiful, wistful paean to those no longer here. Jade’s remarkable voice – whispering, icy, lush, wounded, smoky – unifies the album with its striking diversity.
‘The Pink Album’ will be available on vinyl as a double LP & CD with artwork by Julian House later this year.
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