WL//WH Track Of The Day: FAKE EMPIRE “Hamburg In The Morning”

Track Of The Day  FAKE EMPIRE  

Portsmouth, UK-based Indie / Post-punk three-piece Fake Empire, active since around 2017, with several singles and the 2021 album “Flaws” under their belt, by the way, beautifully decorated with covers by flawless artwork, have just dropped the new song “Hamburg In The Morning”.

Curiously, with a name that brings to mind the opening of the classic 2007 National album “The Boxer”, the best effort, together with “Alligator”, from Cincinnati’s Indie Rock existentialists, with which they somehow share immersive ‘Wave’ atmospheres with a highly emotive quality and an alluring, elegant and velvety, intriguingly likewise, vocal delivery.

The Southsea‘s finest, comprised of Les Black (Vocals, Guitars, Lyrics), Simon Brookes (Guitars, Bass, Synths) and Becky Bellinger (Drums), craft a poignant and heady atmospheric guitar sound encased in dark hues, over time increasingly colored by layers of evocative keyboards, with nods to the 80s Post-punk aesthetic of trailblazers such as Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen and early U2 up to the most recent Editors and Interpol.

“Hamburg In The Morning” is laced with sentimental lyrics that long in a dreamy realm of broken time to capture old feelings of love and adoration experienced from afar.

Steady hypnotic drum beats, swathed by humming airy synth washes, drive a vibrant twine of euphoric high-pulsing icy bright keys and warm twangy Peter Hook-like riffs steeped in pensive melancholy around sad, heartfelt vocals, brooding with intense bittersweet breathes of hopeless romantic moods.

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