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EDITORS’ NOTES

The duo of John Ridgard and Rebekah Wood met at a music venue in Leamington Spa, England. Their debut album, Soft Friday, expands on the promise of “Cast a Shadow,” “Last Desire,” and “Beatings." Here, “Fall Out of Love,” “Fool for Your Face,” and, generally, everything sounds like a duo with a great amount of inspiration and discipline. The British press were enamored. The NME awarded the album a 9 out of 10 and noted all the usual influences, from Nancy Sinatra, The Ronettes, and The Velvet Underground to The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, The Raveonettes, and The Kills, while noting how the duo transcend them in their own peculiar way. American critics felt similarly, discovering Wood's vocals to be as sexy/trippy as the music guiding such tracks as “Let the Sun Go,” “Bad Kick to the Heart,” and “Wake Up.” From start to end, the album flows like one extended mix of hook-filled psychedelic-punk-fuzz-pop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The duo of John Ridgard and Rebekah Wood met at a music venue in Leamington Spa, England. Their debut album, Soft Friday, expands on the promise of “Cast a Shadow,” “Last Desire,” and “Beatings." Here, “Fall Out of Love,” “Fool for Your Face,” and, generally, everything sounds like a duo with a great amount of inspiration and discipline. The British press were enamored. The NME awarded the album a 9 out of 10 and noted all the usual influences, from Nancy Sinatra, The Ronettes, and The Velvet Underground to The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, The Raveonettes, and The Kills, while noting how the duo transcend them in their own peculiar way. American critics felt similarly, discovering Wood's vocals to be as sexy/trippy as the music guiding such tracks as “Let the Sun Go,” “Bad Kick to the Heart,” and “Wake Up.” From start to end, the album flows like one extended mix of hook-filled psychedelic-punk-fuzz-pop.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

9 Ratings

Epic beach sunset sound.

Boholife77,

Never heard of these guys. Took a chance while browsing new releases. I guess it was meant to be that I stumbled across it, cause I had downloaded the album after hearing the first 4 songs. It's a feel good, happy, tranquil & melancholy sound. You just feel it. I hope to catch them live soon.

Interesting

Callan321,

The lead singer sounds a lot like Lorde

About Coves

Taking their name from an old-fashioned term for a good friend, Coves is the psychedelic garage pop duo of vocalist Rebekah Wood and multi-instrumentalist John Ridgard. The pair met when they worked at a music venue in Leamington Spa, England and were inspired to make music together after a drunken night out. Inspired by '60s garage rock as well as visionary producers like Joe Meek, Phil Spector, and Martin Hannett, the pair recorded a self-titled EP in Ridgard's studio, which they self-released in August 2011. Those songs caught the attention of A&R man and 1965 label founder James Endeacott, who joined the band's management team, and of Echo & the Bunnymen, who invited the duo to tour with them in early 2012. After signing to the Cross Keys label, Coves released their official debut EP, Cast a Shadow, in May 2012, and the single "Last Desire" followed in March 2013 on 1965. Later that year, the duo's cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" earned them more online attention, and their single "Beatings" appeared that October. One more single, "Cast a Shadow," heralded the March 2014 release of Coves' debut album, Soft Friday. After moving to London, the duo began work on their second album, teaming with producer Cam Blackwood for 2016's swaggering, harder-edged Peel. ~ Heather Phares

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