I’ve got this pile of identities
But I like the one you gave me best
Belgium’s modern post-punk jewel, Whispering Sons, are back in the limelight. They are taking their devoted international audience on a new musical odyssey, charting new creative frontiers for the band. This transformation is subtle but striking—a milder iteration of their iconic brooding aura. While steering away from their characteristic intensity, they remain anchored in their foundational post-punk ambiance. This dynamic shift magnifies their expansive artistry, an affirmation of their versatility without sacrificing their core identity.
Their freshest offering, “The Talker,” exhibits influences from The Velvet Underground to Talking Heads. Unlike their earlier works, this track hinges on a more buoyant yet still-gripping guitar riff. Its lyrical structure balances on the edge of spoken word and melodic vocals. The sun-kissed guitar notes intertwine seamlessly with powerful drum sequences and rich organ tones. It’s a crafty fusion, proving their continued evolution and reverence for art-rock’s greats.
But, The Talker isn’t just another song in their catalog. With its lively riff, which was almost discarded for being “too frivolous,” the track bubbles with a sly sense of humor. Yet, it digs deep, casting a light on society’s manipulative facades. Their signature post-punk milieu remains intact, further enriched by Fenne Kuppens’ deep, stirring vocals. This track’s brilliance lies in its emotional depth, overlaid on Whispering Sons’ traditional soundscape, symbolizing their maturing artistry.
“It’s just so different from anything we did before,” notes Kuppens. “It is so playful but at the same time there is still a cynical streak running through that track.”
With “The Talker,” we’re introduced to a protagonist grappling with the timeless struggle of self-discovery. They’re handed words like misshapen cloaks, binding them uncomfortably. Every utterance is stifled, almost painful. Yet beneath it all lurks a pervasive anxiety, spotlighting the perilous dance of meeting societal expectations and upholding self-integrity.
The accompanying video, crafted by Heleen Declercq, is nothing short of mesmerizing. Echoing the legendary visuals of “Stop Making Sense,” frontperson Fenne Kuppens channels the essence of David Byrne. Its pièce de résistance? A breathtaking dance sequence, masterminded by the avant-garde Astrid De Haes. This blend of old-school vibes and modern flair crafts a visual narrative that amplifies the music’s soul.
This visual treat is but a segment of a trilogy. The complete short film, titled Balm (After Violence), will debut at the Film Fest Ghent, paired with an exclusive live performance.
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Anticipate more as “The Talker” is just a taste of Whispering Sons’ imminent third studio album.
Before setting stages ablaze in their expansive European tour come Spring 2024, the band is gearing up for some cozy club dates this fall. Notably, they’re gracing the stage at the Iceland Airwaves Festival, followed by an anticipated gig in London, supporting The KVB.
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