Follow the release of their debut album JEM last week, Manchester-duo Bernard + Edith have shared a rather beautiful reworking of ‘WURDS’ – one of the albums many highlights – by Icelandic electronic outfit SAMARIS… sporadic synth lines replace the droning vocals and booming drums of the original to create the sense of a entirely different song.
Check it out below…
Bernard + Edith – ‘WURDS’ (Samaris Remix)
BERNARD + EDITH will be performing a special Rough Trade In-Store next Tuesday followed by an album launch show in Manchester on Friday 29th May.
All upcoming dates below…
Tuesday 26th May – Rough Trade East In-Store, LONDON
Friday 29th May – St. Margaret’s Church, Whalley Range, MANCHESTER
Saturday 6th June – Parklife Festival, MANCHESTER
Sunday 7th June – Field Day, LONDON
Check out the video to the recent single ‘Heartache’ HERE
Already firmly established within the city’s underground music scene, Greta ‘Edith’ Carroll and Nick ‘Bernard’ Delap draw on influences ranging from Fever Ray to Portishead via Cocteau Twins, David Lynch, Kate Bush and Japan to create the most deliciously dark art-pop/soul. In mid-2014 the band released their debut single ‘Poppy’ on the excellent SWAYS Records to much acclaim, followed at the end of the year by ‘Wurds’, their first for Bella Union. Jem expands on these early declarations with a rich soundscape that dazzles with its inventive spread of colour and texture, taking a road less travelled to a more uniquely slanted place within the current pantheon of electronic pop.
Bernard + Edith’s unconventional approach starts with using their middle names for a band name, which evokes the image of an older couple rather than a pair in their early twenties who instantly bonded over music after meeting as teenagers. Theirs is a true collaboration, jointly creating the music and beats (their videos and stage projections too), bringing different influences to the union but meshing them to sublime effect. “Nick was more into indie and electronica and I was a huge jazz fan, singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Julie London,” says Greta. “But then together we veered toward more experimental composition, like Meredith Monk and Philip Glass. And Twin Peaks was major for us, not just the soundtrack but the imagery and the weirdness.”
The album is a multi-faceted jewel, from the lush Cocteaus-shiver of ‘Crocodiles’ to the exquisite Eastern climes of ‘China’ and the R&B twist of ‘Poppy’. What unites all 13 tracks is a beguiling fusion of intimacy and sensuality with something more mysterious and spectral.
JEM is out now via Bella Union