After a decade with Toronto based post-rock noise-stretchers ‘Fresh Snow’, Bradley Davis a.k.a. Affiliate Links recognised the need to re-frame things. Looking back to this time last year he recalls feeling “…compelled to make music filled with words and free from the red tape that can go along with a band”. Taking advantage of the summer recess at home he set about writing and recording with a focus on song rather than soundscapes.
Scroll forwards twelve months and we have the consequences, his debut solo album as Affiliate Links, ‘Enough Light’, available on We Are Busy Bodies from 9th September. If deftly crafted lyrical observation framed by lived-in, original indie reference points sounds promising, then the record’s first preview track ‘Baby’s Changing Stations’ will push those expectations higher.
A misty-eyed lo-fi chug, sprinkled with jangling chords, bleary keys and timely chimes, then wrapped up in a swirl of Go-Betweens’ yearning, it’s a song with an irrepressible hook that manages to dig deeper. There’s youthful hope, teenage disappointment plus the aging realisation that people and times drift apart, all captured in a perfect four minute crush. With an affectionately DIY video to go with it, complete with fading memorabilia, significant 45s and grainy snapshots, ‘Baby’s Changing Stations’ signposts an album with the same uncanny power to nestle in our hearts as The Reds, Pinks & Purples evolving neighbourhood soundtracks. Add ‘Enough Light’ to the want list then…
You can pre-order your copy of ‘Enough Light’ by Affiliate Links now from: https://affiliatelinks.bandcamp.com/album/enough-light