Bernard And Edith Jem on LP
Jem is the debut album from hotly-tipped Manchester-based electronic-pop duo Bernard + Edith. Already firmly established within the city’s underground music scene, Greta ‘Edith’ Carroll and Nick ‘Bernard’ Delap draw on influences ranging from Fever Ray to Portishead via Cocteau Twins, David Lynch, Kate Bush and Japan to create the most deliciously dark art-pop/soul.
In mid-2014 the band released their debut single, "Poppy," on the excellent SWAYS Records to much acclaim, followed at the end of the year by "Wurds," their first for Bella Union. Jem expands on these early declarations with a rich soundscape that dazzles with its inventive spread of color and texture, taking a road less traveled to a more uniquely slanted place within the current pantheon of electronic pop.
Bernard + Edith’s unconventional approach starts with using their middle names for a band name, which evokes the image of an older couple rather than a pair in their early-20s who instantly bonded over music after meeting as teenagers. Theirs is a true collaboration, jointly creating the music and beats (their videos and stage projections too), bringing different influences to the union but meshing them to sublime effect.
“Nick was more into indie and electronica and I was a huge jazz fan of singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Julie London,” says Greta. “But then together we veered toward more experimental composition, like Meredith Monk and Philip Glass. And Twin Peaks was major for us, not just the soundtrack but the imagery and the weirdness.”
The album is a multi-faceted jewel, from the lush Cocteaus-shiver of "Crocodiles" to the exquisite Eastern climes of "China" and the R&B twist of "Poppy." What unites all 13 tracks is a beguiling fusion of intimacy and sensuality with something more mysterious and spectral.
Bernard And Edith Jem Track Listing:
4. Tidal Wave
9. I Will Be
12. Girls Night Out
13. Young Woman