Light and shade, sweet and sour.
The Proper Ornaments are driven by contradiction, powered by oddly diverting influences. A strangely fragmentary phenomenon, the East London band have a habit of popping up, delivering a beguiling, addictive single and then dropping away again.
Now, though, they're ready to make a stand. The Proper Ornaments have completed work on their debut album, which is set to be released later this year. Before then, the band are plotting the release of their new single.
'Waiting For The Summer' will be released on the Summer Solstice (June 21st, for all non-Druid folk out there) and it's as perfect a piece of indie pop as you'll hear this year.
A circular, almost psychedelic guitar riff pieces the song together, with James Hoare's vocals murmuring half-way between innocent recital and dark incantation.
There's an oddly affecting side to the way The Proper Ornaments piece their material together - as if they want to rejoice in summer, but realise that darker days will always stand in front of them.
Shot in a lo-fi fashion which recalls the glory days of Super-8, the video which accompanies 'Waiting For The Summer' finds The Proper Ornaments basking in the rising sun.
Watch it now.
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'Waiting For The Summer' is set to be released on June 21st.
The Proper Ornaments are set to play a single launch party at the Shacklewel Arms in London tomorrow (June 21st) - details.