‘Shiver’ is the new single from Rye Milligan (the singer/songwriter/producer and guitarist in Luna Bay) who has teamed up with drummer Ceri Bain. The pair have been best friends since growing up together in Cardigan Bay (Wales’s largest bay).
From the low rumble of thunder at start of the track you can feel a chill start to blow in. There’s a glacial guitar part gently rotates under Milligan’s voice which moves from unadorned clarity to a falsetto shimmering with reverb. But when the drums kick in at the halfway mark the song truly takes off with Ceri Bain playing a low-key disco-beat with some subtle, but outstanding, changes in the snare accents.
The icy drip of guitar, electronic washes, subtle bass line, and empathic drums all act as a crucible for the soft power of Milligan’s voice and, though the song could be a siren’s call to dash your ship on the rocks of a frozen shore, at its core is the true magnetic north of wanting to steer towards the fires of lust. It’s a compelling track that gets better with every listen.
‘Shiver’ is the first to be released from their forthcoming EP entitled i.
Fun fact: ‘Shiver’ joins a list of very few songs that start with the chorus. The list includes ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers, ‘All About That Bass’ by Meghan Trainor, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by The Beatles, ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton, ‘Song 2’ by Blur, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ by ABBA and most recently ‘Wet Dream’ by Wet Leg.
Review by Paul F Cook