• Ethan Bridwell

Friendly Fires: The Sensual Funk

Updated: Oct 8

Recently, I stumbled upon one of the most unique bands I’ve heard in a long time. It combines the instruments and style you know from Funk into a wonderful experience. Friendly Fires, which I can only describe as sensual and thought-provoking funk has caught my ear . Friendly Fires uses catchy beats and addictive melodies combined with great lyrics to catch your attention and make you want to move your body. That’s right, somehow the energetic happy funk many know can be used in a melancholy but passionate way.
The album I’ve been listening to most, Inflorescent, really sums up the artist. Songs like “Kiss and Rewind” and “Lack of Love” lay on the more thought-provoking and sensual side, while songs like “Silhouettes” and “Offline” are more on the usual energetic, happy funk many know and love. The lyrics in each song also cover topics fitting to their respective categories, as illustrated by their names. One of their more unorthodox songs, that can’t really be categorized by either of the aforementioned, is “Sleeptalking” which uses a more suppressed beat and darker tone. Even so , it remains a catchy and pleasant song.
While Inflorescent lays experimental groundwork for a mix of dionsyian sounds and upbeat melodies, the artists have also produced safer, more orthodox funk singles as well.. “Love like Waves” is especially catchy, and I’ve found myself listening to it on repeat many times. Its wiser counterpart, “Heaven Let Me In” is especially interesting to me because it’s lyrics are unusual for a captivating song. Relying on its upbeat tempo and repetitive but catchy melody , it discusses the importance of letting things go and living in the present, which some may consider a heavy topic. Friendly Fires consists of a trio of lifelong friends hailing from England who debuted on September 1, 2008. Currently, they have no live tour since the pandemic, however, if you end up enjoying their music you should keep an eye out for future performances.
Overall, there’s very little Friendly Fires can’t offer in the world of funk. They present a wonderful and relatively successful experimental funk that provides the perfect atmosphere for laying on your bed. I highly recommend people give it a listen, and if I were to rate it out of 5, I would give it a 4.5/5.

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