Artists to Watch in 2017: Curves
There is something romantic about CURVES. Wistfully watch the distance from a window, clutch a single rose to your chest and you’ll be ready for them.
A fresh five-piece from Melbourne who are looking back into the 80s with total sincerity, this band have set out to create new romantic synth-pop. In October, they debuted their first single and music video ‘Perfumery’. The track features expertly layered synthetic drum patterns, harmonising guitar lines and bright synthesiser chord progressions. The lyrics echo their subtle humour that veers close to melodrama yet never reaches parody. Curves aren’t mocking the 80s – they love them and it’s obvious in their execution; the deep voice, the guitar solo, the mentions of Paris and rainy nights. They want to gift their own fresh take on a beloved time period, it’s not just about nostalgia, it’s about growing a genre because it echoes sentiments that should be sung to new audiences.
The music video accompanying ‘Perfumery’ is cinematic, surreal, beautifully written and directed by Patrick Mooney, a member of the band. It’s off-kilter and engages Curves’ subtle humour. A mannequin-headed man awaits a similarly mannequin-headed lover in a neon-lit motel room and when they arrive, they engage in a stylised romp. It’s funny, it’s endearing and it is wonderfully executed. The band are engaging their style with precision, keeping creative control within the band, understanding how important a music video is and how their style aligns with their music.
Curves also dropped their debut EP, All Made Up, on Enhancer Records, run by David De Tomasis and Hayden Quin (NULL), which featured three equally new romantic synth pop gems. Curves are set to take off in 2017, as they are fresh, but have already put together an obviously timeless style. They’re sincere in their humorous approach to the 80s, skilled in their execution, musically and stylistically. They’ve released a single, a video and an EP in a few short months and now just need the world to take in that fact. Curves want you to experience nostalgia forward facing, to be entirely in love with the past yet undeniably looking to the future like a hopeless romantic. And, if there is one thing thing 2017 needs, it’s definitely a little bit of love and a whole lotta Curves.
Words by LLOYD CRACKETT