UK trio Flawes have released their new EP Reverie, and will be doing a ‘A Night of Reverie’ Livestream from London on March 2, 3PM EST.
The project started during the initial lockdown, with each band member working remotely with producers including Toby Scott (Gorgon City, Pet Shop Boys). The result is Reverie, a collection that packs fresh invention, irrepressible live energy, and a sunshine shot of optimism just when it’s needed the most.
Frontman JC Carruthers says, “When there’s so much stuff going on in the world, this EP can help you escape for thirty minutes. In that small way, it feels really empowering. I’m generally a very optimistic person and my glass is always half full, but when I’ve got stuff on my mind I can put it into a song and leave this world behind.”
The first new track “I Don’t Quit For No One” offers a different mood to the band’s effervescent recent singles, as it moves from introspective verses into a textured, intricate production that echoes Massive Attack. Inspired by JC’s dogged commitment to music, it’s a motivational message of sticking to your ambitions regardless of what the doubters might say.
JC goes on to say that “Continuing the theme of the whole Reverie EP; ‘I Don’t Quit For No One’ is an uplifting, self-empowering song, refusing to allow people’s negative opinions to get me down. The song looks ahead positively towards potential good times. I’m not going to quit no matter what anyone says or does.”
Flawes’ aptitude for infusing their modernist edge with a throwback flavor is particularly striking in “Move Over.” Its layered autotuned vocal harmonies are entirely in tune with what forward-thinking pop can be in 2021, but it’s contrasted with booming drums with an ‘80-styled gated reverb. Arguably the best is saved for last with “Against All Odds.” It’s a pure-hearted dare-to-dream reflection upon the challenges the band have faced, what they have achieved and what they’re primed to do next.
As guitarist Freddie Edwards summarises, “It’s almost as if people don’t recognise making music as an actual career. This is a song about trying to prove those people wrong.”
In celebration of the release, Flawes will be taking to the stage once again for an exclusive free livestream performance at London’s Lafayette via YouTube. Dubbed ‘A Night Of Reverie,’ the show will include tracks from the EP as well as their debut album Highlights and will take place on Tuesday, March 2 at 8:00pm GMT / 3:00pm EST.
Tune in at www.flawes.com
2020 was destined to be Flawes’ year. The diary was packed: five shows at SXSW, a European headline tour, and a summer schedule of main stage festival appearances. But not only are Flawes still here, but they’re thriving with their strongest set of songs to date. And that’s something worth celebrating with Reverie.