My girlfriend and I often have arguments when it comes to making a meal. Not because I burn everything beyond recognition (although admittedly that is an issue), but because she hates spicy food and is therefore objectively wrong. However, this hatred of all things spice came to a screeching halt when I played her She Loves And Leaves, the brand new release by Café Spice. She said it was terrific. Finally, something we can agree on.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I first pressed play on She Loves And Leaves, but what I was met with was a hugely impressive and emotionally evocative piece of music that left me wanting more. Released through Snide Records, this is an incredible and powerful piece of work. Before you’ve even reached the first chorus, it’s clear that Café Spice are experts at their craft. Their songwriting is masterful, and their well-crafted lyrics are delivered through harmonies which are reminiscent of the best parts of Simon & Garfunkel or The Beach Boys.
It’s a beautiful track about the confusion and fear that comes hand in hand with the dance of love. You can never truly know another person, and this can create all sorts of barriers, often of our own creation. There are many songs on this subject, but few manage to sum up the feeling accurately. I’d put She Loves And Leaves in the same camp as Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. It manages to tap into that part of the human psyche with ease and is instantly relatable.
If you do anything today, I recommend you go and check it out.