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Broken Waves - 'The Divide'

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Exploring broken hearts caused by circumstantial separation, Adelaide’s Broken Waves have returned with their final release for 2022, the funk driven ‘The Divide’.

Desiring to explore an emotional sensitivity within themselves, the band are as lyrically direct as possible throughout, with frontman Ben Lyons-Reid demanding an answer to why they’re being pushed away. Focusing on subtlety and simplicity, Broken Waves are passionate, yet to the point, drawing listenability and relatability immediately.

Having grown rapidly since bursting on the Adelaide indie-scene in 2020, the band are now hitting their stride and discovering the true ‘Broken Waves’ sound. Inspired by groove-oriented rhythms and indie-funk guitar riffs, ‘The Divide’ is the carefully crafted result of the band going with their gut, not overthinking sections, and working to nail down the core of what they needed to say. Proudly, they have reached a maturity as songwriters, letting the lyrics and ideas speak for themselves, without being shrouded in complex nuance.

The band explained, “After a few years of exploring ideas and experimenting with our sound, it feels like we’ve really hit our stride and found our voice as a band. We’ve always seen ourselves as a groove-oriented band but “The Divide” has been an important step in our development. It is the first song we’ve written that displays our funk influences while sounding like an original take on those styles. It explores the experience of being in love with someone whose life circumstances are causing them to push you away and trying to be there for them in any way you can.” 

They continued, "The writing process for this song was easily the freest and unburdened we’ve had yet; every member of the band contributed equally, and we all had a shared vision of the direction we wanted to take. We’ve always made a habit of rewriting all our songs from scratch multiple times and this one was no different, but this time we focused on speeding up that process as much as possible. Every session was a free-for-all as ideas, parts and even entire sections were scrapped or repurposed to find the core of what we wanted to say. We've become much more comfortable letting our ideas speak for themselves without overcomplication." 

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