Review: Jack Foley
IT'S TIME to start shouting about The Wire Daisies, or else this
hugely talented Cornish four-piece might just get overlooked!
Having already been hailed by Music Week as one of the 'unsigned
discoveries of 2003', the band have since delivered some telling
live performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Womad, while
also securing a deal with EMI Music Publishing.
Recent single, Butterfly, confirmed their songwriting
brilliance, courtesy of the beautifully melancholic vocals of
lead singer, Treana Morris, and now the debut album, Just
Another Day, forces you to sit up and take notice.
From the moment that opening track, Make Everything Change,
gets going, you can tell you're listening to something a little
What follows is an album packed with infectious melodies and
instantly memorable hooks, which strike a near-perfect balance
between Morris' sublime vocals and the keyboards of Ol Beach,
the guitars of Alden Evans and the drums of Steve Jackson.
Much of The Wire Daisies allure lies in their rich musical ability,
with guitars very much to the fore during Make Everything
Change, and a delicious backing beat and slightly more straight-forward
guitar riff taking centre stage in Everyman.
Morris' sultry, entrancing vocal style contains an epic quality
about it, which can sound as uplifting as it can melancholy -
and there are several moments, early on, when she'll probably
leave you heartbroken.
Yet, there is so much to admire throughout the album that it
would be easy to run out of superlatives.
And what's more, they have a style that is uniquely their own,
such is the confidence they must have in their own ability (and
the word of mouth their early work has generated).
Other highlights include the bluesy No More, the jazz-laden
The Great Outdoors, which features some more blistering
guitar work, the enchanting title track (which is acoustically
driven), and the tender Billy Boy, which features a beguiling
piece of violin running throughout it (culminating in a quite
But there isn't really a bad track on the album, making this
one of the most assured and richly rewarding debut efforts of
The Wire Daisies have the talent to be around for a very long
time - it's up to you to make sure that they are. You won't be