[PIAS] Singles of the week #9. WHISPERING SONS calls out for single of the week with TILT!

  Van Muylem    7 maart 2022

Emili Sandé, Banji, NILÜFER YANYA: they all have nice single's. But there is one band that asthonished me: WHISPERING SONS with their new single called TILT. The song sounds different from what we are used to hear and it sounds really good. I'm happy to hear a more softer side too. And thus I call out this one as single of the week!


Tilt was written at the sessions that lead to the album Several Others, but didn’t fit in with the rest of the tracks. Singer Fenne Kuppens explains; "'Tilt' was really a group effort. We had all been working on the song for a long time, trying out different arrangements and different parts, before eventually settling on its final form. When we went to the studio to record our second album ‘Several Others’, the track quickly became the odd one out. It became a more intimate and stripped-down version of what we initially intended. We felt that it didn’t fit with the rest of the album, but that it still deserved a release on its own.”  Tilt is a surprisingly subdued and tender affair, opting for restraint over ferocity, putting singer Fenne Kuppens tense vocal delivery front and center. It’s another compelling example of how this band is capable of so much more than a full force attack on the senses. Sure Whispering Sons can hammer and pummel our ears, but they also thrill and seduce and leave us totally bewildered.

new album 'Several Others' out now via [PIAS] Recordings

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