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The Daves have known each other for 11 years, having originally met while writing rambunctious compositions for Carnival Collective, the Brighton percussive army whose 21st century reworking of the big band concept was often spectacular in its ambition and manifestations. This duo’s own inspirations, though, prove enormously diverse on a debut album which has been a while in the making: a hint of Phillip Glass-style minimalism here, Afrocentric rhythms there and, in Rothwell’s murmured vocals over just-so constructions, some cleverly-used, Eno-esque influences. From the to-and-fro lyrics and spaceship atmospherics of Yummyammo to the lullaby theatricality of Make My Bed, which flexes a scratchy guitar atop film score keys and mighty drum rolls, or the funereal climax to Multiply - reached via a series of mysterious allusions to encounters down the backstreets – suspense and surprise are never far from the surface of these songs. Freedom Bells is a jaunty siren call, whereas Appetite is a sultry hum from a shadowy bar as synths fire off against each other in front of a tribal beat.
Ben Miller

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released May 4, 2013

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Bod and The Layer Brighton, UK

Bod (Band of Daves) and The Layer (the shipmates on their musical odyssey) are two Daves – Rothwell and Tribe – collaborating with a multi-talented cast of instrumentalists.

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