Words by Sam Townsend – Melting Wax Photography
I could easily sum up Gold Coast alt-pop quintet IVEY’s EP ‘love + miscellanea’ in two words: FIVE STARS. Though it wouldn’t do the 11-track release the justice it so undeniably deserves. Recorded by renowned producer Konstantin Kersting (Tones & I / The Jungle Giants / Mallrat), ‘love + miscellanea’ is loaded with much loved singles, remixes, and new release I Hate U, and is testament to a group who have been chipping away at their craft for many years.
IVEY’s achievements read of a group far beyond their young years (formed in 2013, when lead singer Millie Perks was just 12), having now performed at BIGSOUND twice, received 3.5million streams on Spotify, regular rotations on Triple J and winning Triple J Unearthed competition for The Drop Festival, numerous nominations at the Gold Coast Music Awards and Queensland Music Awards, and sold out shows across the country, including Brisbane’s The Foundry. Not to mention being signed to Lucky Number UK (Sunflower Beam, Hinds), and UK media support including Clash and Line Of Best Fit!
The culmination of all this hard work is the polished, energetic and engaging ‘love + miscellanea’; a seriously impressive offering from the Gold Coast indie-darlings.
‘love + miscellanea’ opens with a short intro and leads into unashamedly pop track Talk Talk, an ethereal offering full of synth melodies and perfectly setting the tone for the next 45 minutes of listening time.
Scream is a song I’d been regularly hearing in so many of my Spotify playlists, and each time it made me stop and check for the artist’s details. A self-proclaimed “sad banger”, Scream is a mesmerising groove track, perfect for your humid summer nights soundtrack.
New single I Hate U is a warm and energetic retro dance track about the ups and downs of love, reminiscent of the 80’s though with a distinctly contemporary sound. Perks sultry vocals perfectly compliment the heavy synths of the track and have me swaying with every listen. Bodies continues this shimmering momentum as a well-crafted pop song combined with club track energy.
As ’love + miscellanea’ continues to explore the stages of a romantic relationship with Fall Apart IVEY delve into toxic and unhealthy relationships, albeit through their signature alt-pop sound. Fall Apart has a delirious excitement to it, a juxtaposition to the lyrical content not immediately evident to the listener. The same can be said for Valentine (fittingly released on 14 February earlier this year) which also hints at the darker side of a broken relationship with its moodier take on pop; a sign of just how much the group have matured in recent years.
The much-praised (and rightly so!) Midnight is a synth laden, vocal rich, seductive number and hooks you from start to finish. A slower song with those big 80’s drums, Midnight is my stand out track of ‘love + miscellanea’ – it catches me with every listen.
‘love + miscellanea’ also features an achingly sweet acoustic rendition of Bodies, an infectious rave-style remix of Midnight and is rounded out with a punchy dancefloor remix of Scream.
It’s easy to see why IVEY are often referred to as indie-darlings and have a string of accolades following them. ‘love + miscellanea’ pulls you into a world of joyful magic, with its playful and energetic alt-pop jewels, and sparkling synths. A polished and captivating EP, ‘love + miscellanea’ evokes feelings of nostalgia whilst carving out a distinctive IVEY sized niche in the market. IVEY are onto a winning formula and ‘love + miscellanea’ is definitely a musical highlight of 2020 – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
‘love + miscellanea’ tracklist:
- Collections (Intro)
- Talk Talk
- I Hate U
- Fall Apart
- Midnight (new mix)
- Midnight (remix)
- Scream (remix)
Sat Oct 31 – BBQ Bazaar, Gold Coast, QLD
Fri Nov 6 – The Met Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Fri Nov 13 – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Fri Nov 27 – Solbar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
IVEY are: Millie Perks (Vocals), Lachlan McGuffie (Guitar/Vocals), Matt McGuffie (Drums), Dante Martin (Bass), Riley Smith (Guitar)
Photo by Dom Gould
Thanks to Habit Music Company