August 21st, 2013 12:06pm
You Already Know What I Want From You
Unmade Bed is the new band featuring Dorian Cox, the guitarist and lyricist of The Long Blondes, one of the most underrated bands of the past decade. The new group is a natural progression from that body of work – he’s still obsessed with sex and glamor and seediness – but he’s dropped the punk and indie elements almost entirely in favor of fully embracing the dance and disco elements that he was playing with a bit on The Long Blonde’s final album “Couples”. To some extent, he’s responding to his new singer, and casting her in a role appropriate for her style and voice – whereas he typically played Kate Jackson as a bitter, unfaithful femme fatale, Hannah is presented as more of a sexually aggressive vamp type. In both cases, Cox humanizes his archetypes, and puts a lot of emphasis on the insecurities and fears that drive his characters without necessarily judging them. That last part is really crucial – he’s not asking anyone to pity or shame these characters, but to respect their realities and recognize yourself in them.
Visit the Unmade Bed page on Soundcloud.