Songs They Send Us: The New Southern Electrikk

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When I receive a press release that advertises a song with “one of the most beautiful melodies ever written” and contains a single with a Gun Club cover as a b-side, I have to admit, my interest is piqued. WIth supporters like Evan Dando (Lemonheads) and Bernard Butler (Suede), Manchester’s dark pop quintet The New Southern Electrikk, have struck a chord that has resonated internationally in the form of “Brown Eyes”, a heartbroken silhouette of  a single that explores the innocent crooning of sixties girl groups and the dark side of things (you don’t cover the Gun Club and not get a reputation). A sad and happy little ditty at the same time, the song features captivating and impassioned vocals from songwriter Rikki Turner, who penned the number fourteen years ago.

From the press release:

Explaining where he drew his inspiration from, Rikki says ” The song was written during a particularly dark period of my life when things weren’t going well. Brown Eyes was a woman who left me. As she walked away, The Shirelles’ ‘Baby It’s You’ was playing and the song came to me there and then. The pain I felt that day can be heard in Monica’s breathtaking vocals and the band’s performance on the record is stunning.  To think something so beautiful can emerge from that level of pain is extraordinary… but that pain had to be experienced for the song to exist.”

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