SINGLE: Say You Want ARTIST: Black Bird Hum
Want some rich, creamy vibes in your life? Well look no further because sunny Sydney collective Black Bird Hum have unleashed a doo-wop reggae delight with their recently released track 'Say You Want'.
Notorious as a party reggae band, Black Bird Hum have this time round drawn from the well of some delicate grooves for their new track; a slight deviation from their typically more upbeat territory, but an enjoyable foray nonetheless.
Covering the age-old premise of unrequited love, 'Say You Want' snugly meanders with its constant backbeats and babbling instrumentation, while lyrically lamenting the unique agony of catching feelings, as explained by vocalist Jon Panic: "The lyrics start off from a pretty standard boy meets girl angle, but the story had a bit of a mind of its own and by the time the bridge comes around, it’s pretty clear our hero just isn't getting the message that the girl’s not vibing on him. You want him to move on but he doesn’t. And then we’ve run out verses to write his redemption in, so we have to leave him hanging with that tension. Maybe there needs to a Part 2 to this track where he comes good.”
Ultimately, 'Say You Want' is an inoffensive charmer from the Sydney collective that grows on you with each passing groove, and it'll be intriguing to see where this lot heads next. But for the time being, crack open a taste of summer and indulge in some sun-soaked goodness from Black Bird Hum. The new track plus more info below.
PLUS! EVER WONDERED WHAT MUSIC SPARKED BLACK BIRD HUM TO START A BAND?
WE'VE GOT THE LOWDOWN ON THE TUNES BEHIND THESE GROOVIN' DUDES WITH THEIR BRAND NEW SPOTIFY PLAYLIST 'LET'S START A BAND, MAN!'
"Here’s a playlist that is full of songs that all went into the melting pot of inspiration that ended up with us wanting to play in a reggae band.
Some of them made us want to pick up a musical instrument for the first time, like “When the Levee Breaks” or “If you have to Ask”.
Some of them made us want to write songs, like “Both Sides Now”
Some of them made us want to sing, like “When the night feels my song” and “Come together”.
Some made us want to sing angry like “Wake up” and “...And we thought Nation States were a bad idea”.
Some made us want to experiment, like “O Superman”.
Some turned us onto groove, like “Sophisticated Cissy”.
Some turned us onto a whole genre, like “Old Marcus Garvey”.
A couple, like “My Sharona” just made us want to dance."
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BY TIANA SPETER