With its light and breathy take on late 60s and early 70s chart sounds, I Can Be A Friend To You by Bad Wave captures the spirit of the heyday of the perfect single but with a modern, fresh tone.
It’s not a frothy pop confection as the lyrics explore some weighty emotional and relationship issues, but it is all framed within a catchy and idiosyncratic take on pop. Gently insistent and oddly comforting, it’s easy on the ears as it plucks on your heartstrings.
Imagine Gene Pitney or Bobby Darin marrying their dramatic lyrics to a beat-inspired by Cut Copy or MGMT and you’ll get a hint of what’s going on here.
The band had this the say about the track: “I’ve written a few songs about forbidden love. What I like about this one is that there are several scenarios I imagined while writing it. Different characters and different forbidden reasons. It’s strange how there have always been relationships that are off limits. Maybe there will always be a line you shouldn’t cross. Or maybe all love is beautiful. Actually no. Now I’m thinking of some weird stuff nobody should ever do.”
I Can Be A Friend To You is out now and will feature on the duo’s upcoming self-titled EP which is due out 25th January – keep an eye on their website for more details.