Having gained support and been featured on Q Radio, Radio 2 on Dermot O’Leary’s show from the Cambridge Folk Festival this year and in the Huffington Post as an act to watch, it seems Brighton boy’s Common Tongues are attracting the attention of critics and fans alike for all the right reasons and that doesn’t look set to change anytime soon as the pair are set to release new single ‘Beasts’ on 11th November via Dawson Breed Music. The song is available to pre-order now from iTunes and Amazon and though I obviously can’t let you hear the whole song yet below is a little snippet of just how good it is:
This new track combines the pair’s love of songs full of emotional lyrics and plenty of melody creating something that is truly beautiful. If you like your music ambient and full of atmosphere taking inspiration from the likes of Efterklang and Local Natives then Common Tongues are the pair for you. Starting quietly with faint, fluctuating sounds backing up the strong vocals, there is a gentle quality to this song with the occasional guitar, plucked strings, gorgeous violin sounds and the drums creating a constant yet not overpowering beat to the whole thing. There is a indie/folk sound running through the whole thing but when it picks up for the choruses it just becomes huge and foot-tappingly good.
Childhood friends, Tom Anderson and Oli Hinkins, formed Common Tongues in 2010 adding 3 more members to create their current five piece line up. They’ve so far released two EP’s ‘Common Tongues’ and their most recent release ‘Tether and Twine’ which I featured on here earlier this year and contains the brilliant single ‘Solitary Thinker’ which I said is; “a wonderfully calm track full of acoustic guitar and strings then within the last minute of the song it really picks up becoming faster and full of sound before ending abruptly.”
After a busy summer, with lots of festival slots including Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Liverpool Sound City, Hop Farm and more around the UK and in Europe, the rest of the year sees even more to come. Dates for the UK and Europe should be planned for the next few months so there is lots of opportunities to catch them and plenty more to look out for.