With her 80s hits behind her, this month saw the return of Carmel – back for the first time since the turn of the millennium – with double A side single ‘Sad Situation’ and ‘Single Wife Blues’.
Those who remember her from first time around will recall hits such as Bad Day, More More More, Sally, It’s All in the Game and more, while those new to her soulful vocal will come fresh to these new releases – the first of which is particularly pleasing with its summery vibe and catchy chorus.
Second track ‘Second Wife Blues’ is also fun, blending pop with blues via a tale which could only come from a musician experienced in life.
It remains to be seen whether the new releases from Carmel can capture anywhere close to the success of her previous ventures. But either way, it’s good to have her back.
Good music is often the marriage of two fundamental elements – strong lyrics and good instrumentation. It seems simple to say it, but it’s surprising how many independent artists don’t get that balance quite right. Strong lyricists are often let down by their lack of musical inspiration, while excellent composers struggle to match the qulaity of their music with their words.
However, songwriter Theo Mak and his group E Mute have the balance right.
Passionately written by the politically motivated Theo, the songs reflect with wit and verve on the current state of the nation and the world beyond it. The subtitle of the EP – A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis – gives a strong idea as to what to expect.
But this proto-punk style of lyricism would fall flat if the music didn’t back it up. And thankfully, this EP is a shining example of edgy, gritty indie, effectively delivered.
You can find all this out for yourself, for less than a fiver, on iTunes.