New Artist of the Day: Button Eyes – ambient / electronic pop by London quartet
Dave Beech introduces us to ambient / electronic pop quartet Button Eyes, a band who he’s sure are going to go far.
Whilst Lewis Lindgren might well be the brainchild of London’s Button Eyes, not all of the band’s rich and varied nature stems from the producer and ‘head-honcho’ alone. With an almost-revolving cast of singers, each single from the band has its own individual personality, whilst mainstay members Will Calderbank and Halo Jones, not to mention Lindgren himself, manage to keep everything quintessentially Button Eyes despite the differing array of singers the band hosts.
The band’s latest single, Tell Me I’m Wrong, sees local vocalist Silvertongu3 stepping up to the mic for her first lead vocal for the band, her sultry tones providing the perfect edge to the heady and woozy atmosphere perpetuated by the track’s instrumentation. At five minutes long, it’s an ambitious length for a single, but such length really allows the dreamy ambiance to wash over listeners; the eastern flavours of Lindgren’s production really brought to the fore as the track begins to conclude.
With Button Eyes having already earned themselves extensive radio play thanks to the likes of Lauren Laverne and Zane Lowe, not to mention an unlikely fan in the form of Engelbert Humperdinck, the band’s music, as compositionally eclectic as it may be, also harbours an inherent commerciality, something which could quite easily see the band segue out of the indie circles they’re currently moving in, and into the realm of Top 40 success, should they opt to take that route.
Whichever route the band does choose to take, the fact remains that Button Eyes are making some of the sharpest pop we’ve heard in years. Eclectic it may be, but such a refusal to be bound by the confines of genre only serves to keep their music as fresh as you’d expect. Bigger things are beckoning for Button Eyes.
Dave Beech is a music writer based out of Manchester. He writes and edits for a number of different websites and links to his work can be found over at his blog, Life’s A Beech, as well as his Louder Than War Author Archive. He also tweets as @Dave__Beech.