TRACK OF THE DAY – COVES – ‘No Looking Back’


What happens when you write one of your finest songs to date?  (ie/ ‘No Looking Back’)

Do you

A/ Release it physically so its magnificence can be held in a tangible sense via a poly vinyl chloride disc or CD and thereby perhaps deepening the listeners emotional connection with the tune?

B/ Pop it on iTunes (other digital platforms are available) for immediate and convenient download for a small fee?


C/ give it away for free via bandcamp?

Coves have decided on the latter, and we are of course extremely grateful, in fact they’ve decided to give away not one track, but an entire 4 track EP. Are they perhaps richer than the dreams of avarice?  Have they had one too many ‘Soft Fridays?’…  Or are they just very lovely?

‘No Looking Back’ really does encapsulate all that’s great about the music of Coves and of all the tunes on the Spectrum EP it’s this one that feels like it could be the bridge between their debut album Soft Friday ( named apparently after John Ridgard and Beck Wood’s tendency to get a little ‘wrecked’ every Friday..) and their second album which they’ll soon start work on.  It’s beautiful, evocative, poetic, inspiring cinematic pop of some distinction. In fact if truth be told it makes us want to climb the highest mountain, bathe in the light of the brightest stars and give thanks that Coves exist. And isn’t that what the best music should do?  Provoke a rush of affection that not only makes bloggers babble with naked and unseemly emotion but also to make the world a better place, even if only for a short time?

The EP also contains another brand new tune ‘Twist’ a rather apt title given that it’s imbued with slightly more unorthodox sound than perhaps Coves are associated with. It’s a bewitching fusion of wonky twisting electronic new wave pop and proves that Coves are certainly not a band content to stay in their musical comfort zone. As well as previous single ‘Shot To The Wall’ the free Spectrum EP also boasts a fantastic five and half minute reworking of ‘No Ladder’ from their debut album, which in our opinion seems far more fluid and spontaneous than the original.  Now off you go and download it … for FREE  

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Coves - Manchester 9 March 2015

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

Discussion3 Comments

  1. Molly HalfHead

    Thanks to The VPME’s constant championing of these guys I’ve now seen Coves live twice this year and they were awesome. So thanks guys , sometimes you have to keep shouting above the noise to get the message heard. And its certainly a message worth hearing

    EP is so good too . Best wishes

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