Merging the sounds of The Velvet Underground with Joy Division and Lou Reed, Bones In Butter are breeding a new type of dream-pop. A young group, only formed last year, the Belgrade-based project is already capturing the attention of notable critics such as Nexus Music Blog, YMX and Less Than 1000 Followers. In fact, this is the second time we have been drawn to Bones In Butter (read our review of ‘Littlewing’ here). The latest addition to their critically acclaimed discography is the single ‘Sad Girl’.
Nodding to the popular indie-pop artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Bones In Butter lean toward the sounds of The Beatles, Beach Boys and The Kinks. The incorporation of jangle-pop guitars with pounding drums, swelling synths and moving vocal harmonies easily show the group’s eclectic style. Moreover, the band shows innovation with an evolution from the soulful Joy Division-esque ‘Littlewing’ and synth-laden ‘The Imposter’. In fact, while there are similarities to other artists, Bones In Butter create boundary-breaking music with skill and artistry of their own.
With the aim of taking a stand in the Belgrade alternative music scene, the members of Bones In Butter use their experience in music to share their ideas with audiences. ‘Sad Girl’ touches on the modern-day ideal of female beauty in a raw and sincere way. The witty lyricism executed in a conversational manner adopts a rather tongue-in-cheek approach to the existential concept. The almost spoken-word execution enhances the poignancy and sentimentality of the song, as in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everyone’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’.
What I find most appealing about ‘Sad Girl’ is the transitions from toe-tapping and infectious pop to rock-inspired guitar solos with a simplistic closing of vocal harmonies. It is an elegant journey through the mind of the group leaving you aghast at the power of the song. I cannot wait for more from this unique band.