Indie Buddie 4th October 2017
Since the release of their first single ‘Avalanche’ which we previously featured on Indie Buddie, in May, The Screens have been locked away writing and arranging tracks for the release of their album in 2018. Included in that batch of new material is their next single ‘Jennifer Jones’ which will be available from Friday 13th October. This sweet blend of theatrical pop swirls and swishes with fine elegant composition. The graceful strings and a delicate piano feature glide along with grandeur and innocence. The lush melody captures your heart as it melts like butter on toast. Though dramatic and oozing romanticised flamboyance there is a dark underlining tone filled with danger and mystery. The Screens lay their tracks out like a narration of a tragic love story, the music expresses a beautiful and naive love that goes sour and treacherous. With light bouncy soundscapes this infectious track skips and hops along though holding a shadowy undertone. With rich instrumentation and sublime melodies, it’s a magnificent composition with a 60’s and 70’s film and TV characterisation. Another stunning track from The Screens.
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‘Avalanche’ is a lavish swoony track theatrically romantic and dramatic with sing along chorus. The sway like simplicity of this sixties-like dreamy track features elegant string and lush backing vocals, its a fanciful feather light emotional burst. Gracefully the track glides with dainty grandeur and class. This emotionally creamy silky song tells a romantic story in a cinematic way that exudes beauty and splendour. Its incredibly lavish and rich with soft delicate textures ironically contrasting the lyrical depiction of the bloody heartache and turmoil of love. ‘Avalanche’ tips its hat to the classic British gangster stories of the sixties and seventies but lavishes in an opulence of strings and theatre. It has a sound far removed from what most artists are trying to create in order to conform to the industries current requirements.
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If the track (Avalanche) and video feel cinematic, it’s because Neil and Colin of The Screens have a history of working in TV and film, helping to produce music for Kill Bill 2, The Sopranos, The Simpsons, The West Wing, Lost, 24, Superman Returns and Mr and Mrs Smith. The story themed lyrics depict a Scorsese-esque romance backed by lavish strings and 60s-flavoured guitars. Apparently, the pair barely met up during the recording process, creating most of the song by collaborating online.
The Ginger Quiff 13th October 2017
The Screens second single “Jennifer Jones” is released on Friday 13th October. Strangely appropriate for the song…
On first listen Jennifer Jones has a driving guitar intro not dis-similar to London Calling. The multi-layered instrumentation then builds and what you get is a vast sophisticated orchestral-like soundscape.
The lyrics are passionately delivered and on first listen they appear to tell an effervescent story of love lost.
However, watch the video in conjunction with the song and you completely re-assess the lyrics. The message behind the song is much bleaker than it first appears. I won’t give it away – watch it.
Think 90’s ostentatious alt-pop from bands like Rialto and My Life Story and you wont be far from the mark. The music has a radiance & lustre to it but with a twist giving it a dark side making it a much more compelling offering.
“Jennifer Jones” is a toxic blend of flambuoyant and theatrical pop whilst tipping it hat to 60’s and 70’s film and TV characterisation.
It’s infectious and memorable yet still resonates with the darker elements of The Screens that were abundant in their first single.
Art Will Fall 25th October 2017
The Screens are back with their new single and it’s most definitely a bit of a throwback. With hints of the 1960's and 70's, their sound is adapting into something rather unique in this modern day and age.
Since the release of their first single Avalanche earlier this year, The Screens have been locked away writing their new album due for release next year. Jennifer Jones is the latest addition to escape the room and it doesn’t disappoint. In their own words, The Screens have described their latest single as "A toxic blend of flamboyant and theatrical pop". Reminiscent of classic songs like Happy Together by The Turtles, Jennifer Jones is an infectious and memorable track that also has a dark side.
The official music video shows the ups and downs of a relationship, before turning much darker. Predominantly filmed in the Southend area using the pier and the seafront as memorable moments, The Screens do not shy away from creating content that gives us a true insight to what they are trying to portray. The video for Jennifer Jones does show some mild explicit content, but as quoted by the band themselves "We've not done it for any other reason apart from the fact it is what the song is about, a story of a girl who falls helplessly in love with a guy who manipulates her mind and destroys her independence. There's no way of telling this story any other way. It had to be dark”.