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THE WAEVE is a COMPELLING new project with BRITISH collaborators ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL (formerly of INDIE POP group THE PIPETTES) and GRAHAM COXON (of BRITPOP royalty BLUR). what i found INTERESTING about their first few released tracks is how much they vary in style yet remain quintessentially ENGLISH, whatever that means. from subtle FOLK explorations whose DARK TEXTURAL orchestrations bring to mind the dirges of MAKE ENGLAND SHAKE-era PJ HARVEY to more UPTEMPO 60s pop-inspired constructions that would not have felt out of place on a SANDIE SHAW album had such been written with the WARPED INDIE ROCK and POST PUNK informed chord-voicing sensibilities of COXON. theres even some FREE JAZZ moments as well with COXON on saxophone.
its all FASCINATING and definitely new ground for COXON, who - full disclosure - has long been on my shortlist of FAVORITE guitarists (along with JOHNNY MARR, DANIEL ASH, KIM THAYIL, J MASCIS and DAVE NAVARRO). so his involvement wouldve definitely caught my attention, but DOUGALL is an interesting new voice i was previously unaware of, so i look forward to digging through her solo catalogue.
definitely looking forward to this project when their debut album arrives in early 2023 on TRANSGRESSIVE RECORDS around the time of COXON's LONG-AWAITED new memoir. incredible times indeed.