One good thing about the impact of the internet and its relationship with music is that there has never been a greater time for independent music to shine. Enter London based five piece band Liu Bei (pronounced Lou Bay). They are about to release their brand new E.P. called Goodness following hot on the heels of their debut single Infatuation which was released last year to positive acclaim.
The E.P. kicks off with the melodic title track which is an eclectic rock-tinged ballad; the songs mellow mood is fuelled by lead singer Richard Walters’s haunting voice and the songs lyrics are romantic and poetic. The sound of the EP is trance fuelled and is very reminiscent of The Killers or even 90’s house masters Massive Attack, these comparisons do not diminish the sound of this group with Lou Bei being ones to watch for 2015.The distinctive sound is propelled by the next two songs Fields featuring Rachel Goswell and Knotweed, these two songs provide a stimulating, cool trance laden vibe with Fields eerie sound and Knotweed’s pulsing drum and bass rhythms.
Liu Bei are a breath of fresh air as it has been while since we have encountered an alternative group without the overbearing heavy rock sound or a style that isn’t out of synch with a pop sensibility which in turn doesn’t alienate listeners who have a tendency to appreciate a more commercial sound or listeners with a more Indie appeal, it’s an appeal that radio programmers love and hopefully we will hear Liu Bei in heavy rotation soon (BBC Radio 6 have added Goodness to their playlist).
The band is playing gigs across the UK in February and the E.P. is available from 2 February 2015 and it’s definitely worth a listen and music video for Fields can be viewed on YouTube.