Tuesday 16 February 2021

WATCH: VC Pines - 'Smoke Without Fire'

Looking back through old posts I can see that it's a couple of years since I was first introduced to VC Pines through his track Vixen, falling quickly in love with the unique tone to his voice and that oh so smooth style. Later that year, Bones had my interest piqued, and I simply adore the EP Skully released towards the start of 2020. Excited to share that he is back, with one of his best offerings yet. Smoke Without Fire is a gorgeous first taste of an upcoming EP entitled Concrete, due later in the year. The track was produced by Jonathan Quarmy (Tom Walker, Lewis Capaldi) and mixed by the legends that are Bad Sounds

On the track, he explains that "Smoke without fire is about hearing various rumours and not knowing whether or not to believe them, but being sure that rumours wouldn't have started without some kind of spark - 'No smoke without fire'. This song was written at the height of the first lockdown which made things more frustrating being locked down and not being able to tackle rumours and problems rising up around me. I think that's why the lyrics are so jagged at points."

"This song was also a turning point for me, discovering a new sonic avenue to delve into. I want to fit in a space as an artist that makes you think 'that's gonna be sick to see it live' so we thought about making the track faster and hit hard throughout but I also wanted to deliver the right energy to someone bopping down the street so we kept this smooth constant groove and let the horns and flute crash into the choruses. I wanted to incorporate the huge sounds developed in the 70s from funk, soul and Motown bands but also use similar instrumentation to my previous work with the 'Violet Collective'."

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