If you love “the Bristol sound” made popular by Tricky, Massive Attack and Portishead, among others, then you’re going to be tickled pink in a good way by “Bones,” the debut single by FFS, otherwise known as For Fucks Sake, the new project by James of Arth and Arth fame, who I interviewed back in July.
Another sound “Bones” calls to mind is that of the witch house subgenre of electronic music. To that end, if you’d told me it was a new single by ∆AIMON or BLVCK CEILING, I’m sure I would have believed you. It’s that bloody good. It’s also perfect for your Halloween listening with its overall eerie vibe. Between its gloomy lyrics and pitch-black arrangement, all it needs is a few shrieks in the background and it would be scaring away your trick or treaters for sure. As it is, it contains sounds that remind me of a whip cracking across someone’s flesh. Not a sound I’ve ever heard in real life, but I’ve heard it enough times in movies to recognize it when I hear it!
So, give this one a listen and prepare to be… unsettled. Delightfully unsettled.
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.