WE WERE EVERGREEN

Towards
Release:
16.05.2014
Label:
BECAUSE MUSIC
Format:
CD
Article No.:
BEC5161794
EAN Code:
5060281617941
Format:
LP&CD
Article No.:
BEC5161832
EAN Code:
5060281618320
We Were Evergreen are a celebration of life's messy magic: their world is beautiful and deep, happy The trio of Fabienne, William and Michael are originally French, settling in London to pursue their music four years ago, a literal movement that’s been hugely influential on their fusion of the French lyrical tradition sung in English, married to a very anglo-pop sensibility. Their world is a celebration of life’s messy magic, universal tales drawing on the power of images and mythology, entwined with richly textured songs that Fabienne explains best: “We have a visual edge,” she says. “We make music that you want to be in and has images coming at you, colours and sensations.”
Having developed a fierce live reputation over the years, they went into the studio in 2013 knowing they wanted to push themselves musically. “We wanted to go somewhere. For five years we were trying different stuff. Now, we know where we are and what music we make.” Working with Alt-J producer Charlie Andrew, they knew that now was the time to make tough choices: streamline and refine. Take all those ideas and instruments they’d experimented with and use only the ones that work for the vision. Moving forward.
Across the whole album, you’re never able to rest. Changing textures – between songs and within songs – create a sense of journey. Its surface is like water running over stones (an image that graces the album’s cover, deliberately); shrill and electronic tones mix with warmer live sounds. A tropical sounding middle 8 breaks up a gritty, staccato riff in the next single ‘False Start’. “It has nothing to do with the rest of the song!” William says, a little gleefully. “It’s the most powerful, heavy, strong song on the album. We have never gone so loud.”
Towards begins in struggle, the battle against stasis and the need to progress, reflected in darker, harder tones, such as Quicksand’s brooding groove; but over the course of its length it suggests that reconciliation and resolution are possible. After album high point, the weary emotive plea Dormant, it takes a turn for the upbeat: the feeling, after being buffeted through rapids and tumbling down waterfalls, the river is suddenly calm with lighting pricking its surface. The journey has been worth it, and wherever we are, we know we’ve moved.
 
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02
False Start
03
Daughters
04
Quicksand
05
Belong
06
Antlers
07
Best Thing
08
Overnight
09
Dormant
10
Tambourine Like A Crown
11
Golden Fire
12
Kilmore's End
13
Cargu Cult (bonus track)
14
Eggs (bonus track)
15
Eighteen (bonus track)