If the promise of the sprightly kaleidoscopic and exciting new, non-album debut single, "Something Pretty"--from The WAEVE, the collaborative effort of oddly paired trailblazing artists Graham Coxon (Blur) and Rose Elinor Dougall (formerly of The Pipettes)--was indicative of the musical creations for this coupling, then the album portended to be an unforgettable instant classic. The best tracks on the duo's self-titled debut album deliver on the promise wholeheartedly. The more upbeat, indie rock-oriented songs such as "Someone Up There," "All Along," "Kill Me Again," and opener "Can I Call You" settle into a groove of nuanced pop rock that erupt with bursting melodies and vibrant accents.
Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall’s new project is languid, hypnotic, meditative… and full of saxophone This year is shaping up to be a very busy one for the various members of Blur. As well as the much anticipated reunion shows in the summer, Damon Albarn has a new Gorillaz album coming out, while Dave Rowntree has just released his first solo album as well as performing incidental music for a range of TV shows. And Alex James is probably making some cheese somewhere.
The WAEVE is the brainchild of Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall, a project born of the immobility lockdown caused ; a grey, endless landscape that did little for the pair creatively. But from an encounter at a show when things slowly started retuning to normality, whatever that is, Coxon and Dougall joined forces, not really knowing where it might go. And the end result is this eponymous debut album.