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Transgressive Records

Released: 03.02.23






The debut album from Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall (aka The Waeve) brings a refreshing mix of experimental folk, rock, jazz and punk. Two artists combining and exploring together, from alternative pop sounds to the more indulgent ballads, all full of creative saxophone and piano.

The energy ebbs and flows. Opener Can I Call You has a haunting melancholy to its melodic opening passages, before launching into a juxtaposing experimental section. Synth-like guitar sits across a driving motoric beat. Someone Up There is punky and futuristic, upbeat and full of spiky vocals. Drowning is dreamlike, with floating vocals against ethereal synth patterns and strings. Throughout, Dougall’s vocals are sublime and elevate the songs. The Waeve are well worth an exploration.


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