Liverpool based 3-piece pop project TV ME have recently dropped their newest EP A Broadcast From TV ME, a 4-track experimental fusion of psych, art pop and dream pop.
Led by Thomas McConnell, the songwriter of the band – who toured as a solo artist supporting Mercury-nominee, C Duncan, before taking time to hone his writing skills and further explore the incorporation of psych and electronica into a new project – TV ME formed in early 2017 with their debut single gaining instant airplay with BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio, and a signing with Deltasonic Records for their early releases. Offering harmonic vocals teamed with classic song-writing and engaging textures, the newest release from the trio – their first self-released project – presents an EP ranging in style from psych-folk to cinematic instrumentals and dance pop whilst still retaining a fresh sound.
The lead single Stitches was written in sections by Tom himself over the duration of 15 years, with the beginning piano piece written at the age of 14, the ending written age 10 and middle section ‘stitching’ the piece together two years ago in 2016. Taking inspiration from old videos of Laurel & Hardy, Pinky & Perky and A Hard Day’s Night for sound and lyrics, 60’s and 70’s influences can be clearly heard in both the vocals and guitar track.
In Review: A Broadcast From TV ME has an ambient quality, while sustaining an original sound, engaging and energetic. Not upbeat pop like one would think from many of the other artists that would be their rival.
TV ME does have a “Beatles” quality, taking president in the “British Invasion” of old, with ever changing grooves and rhythms that keep one glued to the sound. Stitches and Mountain Biplane are very intrinsic while the song Day is more of a romantic suite, with just the right hint of melancholy; the band has a sense of humor, intersecting very talented composition with sounds downbeat changes.
The final track Opal is an upbeat, dance oriented track, with flowing lyrics and “space” sounds that harken to a late 60’s “age of Aquarius” feel, hypnotic and rhythm tense, but not over beat. : A Broadcast From TV ME is a great album and I for one would love to have it on vinyl, definitely a must if you love the “Brit-Rock” genre.
Since their formation last year, the trio has landed some notable support slots with the likes of Cat’s Eyes, Flyte and Childhood. In addition, they have recently completed their first UK headline tour in support of their EP release, with plans to release their debut album later in 2018.
Upcoming Live Dates:
Stoke – 30th March – Your City Festival
Chester -26th April – Alexanders
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