Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from London (UK) artist, Yvngerror. The single, Gold Roses, is taken from his forthcoming debut album, Definitely Tea.
Gold Roses is a raw and gritty Britpop song, based around the theme of having a great night out in Camden Town.
The track starts with a filtered strummed guitar with distant vocals (imagine Oasis being played through the wall by your neighbours!) before balancing out into a full sound.
The vocals are driven and ooze cockney attitude. The accent is strong and charming in its way. The repeated melody of the vocal line gets under your skin and you’ll undoubtedly find yourself humming it to yourself in the days to come.
Fuzz guitars play a repeated line with some great panning use. We like the occasional incidental guitar fills that break up the relentless driven riff of the rhythm guitars.
Yvngerror makes good use of layered stereo vocals in the repeated “she’s comin’ around” section. This section demands your attention before heading back into another verse.
A heavy aggressive rock guitar solo takes the lead for a while in the song, and for us, this was a real feature. We love the end of the solo in particular. Heading back into a breakdown section to end and a quick blast of guitar chord to end.
Ideas from our ears
A hi-pass filter at 40Hz followed by a small cut around 60-65Hz would tidy up the low end nicely. A wide boost across the top 3 octaves would increase brightness and presence overall. A single band compressor on the top 2 octaves would control the sibilant peaks in the vocal track. Finally, a light compressor/limiter with maybe as much as 5dB of make-up gain would give the track a boost in warmth as well as overall volume. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears
Reminiscent of perhaps Black Keys or Arctic Monkeys, Gold Roses is a track which will become your new earworm for the week. There’s an endearing simplicity to it, with Yvngerror’s heavy cockney accent with driven guitars and simple melodies, this is a song which sits well into the indie Britpop genre.