We had news about THE YEARNING recently, because of their single “Baby Be Mine”, from their first and marvellous debut Mini-LP, “Jukebox Romance”. With barely time to enjoy such a tasty dish, we have a new menu on our hands, a 10” vinyl (also available in digital format), “Still In Love,” a new Mini-LP where Joe Moore spreads his stylistic wings. This release is even more exciting than the last one, if that’s even possible, and it gives even more solid proof of his incredible abilities as a composer and arranger, with his sights always set on Phil Spector.
Maddie Dobie takes the lead vocals again, and opens the A-side with an enchanting “Everybody Knows (I’m Still In Love With You)” which, with its hints of CAMERA OBSCURA and BELLE & SEBASTIAN, reaches our smiling faces through tremendous trombones, and gives us two unforgettable choruses. “Heart Beats A Little Bit Faster” is one of the prettiest songs we’ve heard in recent years, and one of the songs that best expresses the feeling of falling in love. It’s electrifying, it has sparks, it gives us goose bumps; equal parts THE BEACH BOYS and Jackie DeShannon. “If You Were My Boyfriend” brings us back to the warmth of doo-wop that Carole King or a young Chris Montez would have been proud to have written, with a delicious, sublime melody. “Eyes Of A Movie Star” caresses our skin so softly, with the glamour of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”, and with the delicacy of Françoise Hardy or Claudine Longet, and it gives us a chorus that leaves us sighing inconsolably.
The B-side skips right past the prettiest parts of love and goes straight for the “pricklier” songs. It opens with “Why’s She Making Those Eyes At You?” an agile song that could perfectly be the music to a choreography between Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, who are trying to seduce Diana Ross to the rhythm of THE COUNTOURS. “Jeremy” would be one of the songs the THE SCHOOL’s Liz would happily include in her repertoire, with dreamy vocal lines that THE DIXIE CUPS would adore, and it narrates those disputes that always happen in relationships. “See You Again” jumps into the rhythm of Northern Soul and Joe Moore uses the song to write a new treaty about love, the beauty of its birth, the doubts that grow with it, and the bitterness of its end, accompanied only by a harmonica that leaves a layer of strange melancholy over such a light song. “Pretty Lies” closes this Mini-LP, about the deceits that look for a way to avoid the pain, part castanets and part the inevitable trace of “Be My Baby” between tango steps: a song that Stuart Staples of TINDERSTICKS would undoubtedly include on the soundtrack of his life.
Joe Moore’s songs grow with every step, turning THE YEARNING into an incredible reality that surprises us and pushes us to keep moving forward.
Limited to 500 copies green vinyl.
Tracklist: Everybody Knows [I’m Still In Love With You / Heart Beats A Little Bit Faster / If You Were My Boyfriend / Eyes Of A Movie Star / Why’s She Making Those Eyes At You? / Jeremy / See You Again / Pretty Lies