Trust me #29
Sleigh Bells are apparently an intense noise pop band.
I'd never have guessed after hearing their 2010 single Rill Rill on Lauren Laverne's brilliant 6Music show one morning last month. I must have played it 50 times over the next week or so.
Although after checking the album Treats that the song features on, I can see where the intense noise description comes from!
Sleigh Bells are Alexis Kraus and Derek Miller, the latter of whom was in a metalcore band, while Kraus was in teen bands. The duo met in Brooklyn and quickly found they could work easily together.
But back to Rill Rill, which is easily the bands most popular song with over 38 million plays.
The groove is there from the very start. It's got a kind of Beta Band rawness and soul, there are bells, little vocal noises and then Alexis starts singing. The vocal melody just flows so naturally and beautifully.
Wonder what your boyfriend thinks about your braces
What about them?
I'm all about them
Six such straight A's
Cut 'em in the bathroom
Rill Rill such a cool song and Apple picked up on it, using it in a 2013 iPhone advertisement.
The coolness stems from the Funkadelic song Can You Get To That from their classic 1971 album Maggot Brain. It's a sublime use of sampling, taking the little riff that comes and goes in the Funkadelic tune and using it as the basis for a whole song, inspiring a new flowing vocal melody - gorgeous.
You can listen to all the songs I've featured in my Trust Me series in a playlist by searching for Everything Flows Trust Me on Spotify or by CLICKING HERE
You can also read about the previous songs I've written about by clicking on the links below.