Edinburgh-based Raff Eragona, formerly of indie band The OK Social Club, is now flying solo under the pseudonym Ella’s Brother. In this exciting project, Raff has delved into new territory, writing and recording everything himself from home with the help of bassist Gordy Burn. Experimentation and improvisation have been harnessed to create something fresh, individual and far removed from his band days. We had a listen to his new indie-alt-pop track, Sweet & Vicious. Warning: It’s a catchy one. I keep “singing” it to my poor, defenceless dog.
This song is so captivating. The vocals are intense and rocky yet also, so cosy! Does that make any sense? Let me know what you thought. This element was probably my favourite.
When you settle down from swooning over how great it sounds and really take stock of the lyrics, they’re surprisingly dark. Raff writes and records all of his own stuff, and I definitely got a personal, storytelling vibe from Sweet & Vicious. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly the meaning. I think it’s open to artistic interpretation which is always fun, and the darkness was an interesting twist in contrast to the bright, vibrant instrumentation. Echoey bad-ass guitar and twisted, distorted piano give this track a lively raw quality. One might say the record is instrumentally sweet and lyrically vicious.
The song is accompanied by a simple but effective live-vibe music video which you can watch here:
Lucky for us, Sweet & Vicious is only a taster of what’s to come. The EP, Low Hanging Fruit Part 1, is set to be released later this year and I can only assume and hope there will be more parts to follow! Keep a lookout for gigs popping up in Scotland and beyond in 2020.