It's funky guitar twang dream space pop. The best way to describe Madrid's mighty talented Baywaves. They've just released a new record on Foehn Records called Only For Uz and a word of advice; it's a record best enjoyed whole. Just press play and let it run. Why? Because from beginning til end this record is like going on a Spanish cruise. In a good way, of course...
"Pop songs that melt shiny melodies and marine reverb vibes with spacey synths and naughty bass lines"
Spain is enjoying a lot of success at the moment on the Indie Pop scene. With the emergence of hit festivals such as Primavera Sound and of course the growing influence of bands such as Hinds, Spain has once again become somewhat of a music hot bed. Leading that for the Dream Pop sector are Madrid's own Baywaves. They specialize in dreamscapes with incredibly funky twang guitar riffs and strong vamped chorus. Throw in an awesome drum beat and bass line and you have the right idea...
"You realize there's a something great going on here when King Cayman and John Grvy released their new songs the same day and both were really great, being so different one from the other. It's exciting to think this is happening near us"
It is exciting. Enter another cause for excitement; the four track EP Only For Uz. It's quite a psychedelic anthem, and certainly one the guitar heroes will appreciate. You can just feel the Spanish cool throughout, but more importantly, it's an impressive lesson in musicianship, dynamics and Indie song writing.
Time Is Passing U By is technically brilliant. As we've eluded to, the guitar takes it to another level for us here. It sets you up nicely for the next track The Freak Kingdom. This is where the dream element truly comes into it's own, especially during the middle eight sections. Our favourite track on the record is To the North. It's the only number which truly escapes the dream for a moment, hearing great catchy Indie hooks and more memorable vocal lines. The EP comes nicely together with the finishing track Marsupilami, again another great example of dream Pop at its best.
It's only here when you've listened to the entire EP back to back that you get what you've just heard. Forget any of the comparisons to Indie bands from elsewhere that you could make, this Baywaves EP is a pure concept album, a long motif from beginning until end, and only until you consume it in one does it make any sense. Here, listen...
"We don't think any band is the "whereverish" version of another band. Historically the bands were always treated by media as the Spanish version of any UK hype, so we fight against being the local incarnation of a success because we feel it's not the way to treat new music"
That's a good way to look at it. And fair enough Baywaves have come up with their very own style, albeit in a genre which is spread far and wide. And that's a testament to the growing success of English language bands from Spain and indeed anywhere else in Europe.