Album: Songs of Her’s
Record Label: Heist or Hit
Recommended Tracks: Track 3 – “Marcel”, Track 7 – “What Once Was”
Songs of Her’s by the Liverpool band Her’s was released on May 12, 2017. The duo consists of Stephen Fitzpatrick on vocals/guitar and Audun Laading on bass/backing vocals. Her’s considers this to be more of a collection of songs rather than a calculated and cohesive debut album. Nevertheless, it’s packed with catchy beats and rhythms that are the perfect soundtrack for a relaxed summer’s day. The jangle-pop songs are injected with warm tones coming from Stephen’s low pitched and emotion drenched vocals. His voice is paired perfectly with Audun’s rich basslines, and it’s impressive how well they compliment each other. One unique aspect about the band is the fact that they use a drum machine rather than a live drummer.
Song’s of Her’s has a total of nine songs that are fused with darker overtones, making them sound simultaneously dreamy and somber. All of the songs have an infectious energy that comes from both members of the band who have evident chemistry when it comes to writing and performing their music. Their sound strikes a satisfying balance between fuzzy strings and clean vocals. Two songs that stand out are track three, “Marcel,” and track seven, “What Once Was.”
“Marcel” has a bit of a melancholy feel to it when listening to the lyrics, but they are juxtaposed with upbeat instrumentation. The song starts off with lighthearted waves of electronic beats that sound reminiscent of a sunny day at the beach. Stephen’s voice is at its best on this track with each note rising and falling in pitch, reflecting the theme of the song. He sings about the highs and lows of a relationship.
“What Once Was” is an addicting track that will have listeners in awe. It punches with the theme of nostalgia as Stephen yearns for an idealized past. The song opens with strings that immediately spark intrigue from the first few notes coming from Audun’s bass and Stephen’s guitar. Overall, it’s definitely a song that will have new listeners eager to add this to their playlists. Her’s has deservedly earned a solid fan base in the U.K. and they are quickly growing in the states. Song’s of Her’s captures the essence of a band who will surely continue to impress with their talent and unique sound.