Hearing Aid Beige record easy-listening music that evokes the comfort of ’60s rock in a modern era. “Isn’t It Nice” is like that quiet beer you drink after work to sip silence into lullabies and contemplation of melancholic romance.
There is a tenderness that sits behind each phrase of this live rendition of the band’s original track. Caught between what seems like a love letter to a past romance and a diary entry of a reflective man, we hear a sense of nostalgia ringing throughout this gentle tune. At each chorus the composer beckons to this love “Look to me from my sweet song/ Dressing up in our long johns/ Curl up under a fur tree/ Tell your stories to me.”
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The two-piece behind these sound waves are Simon Hampshire and Tommy Williams, multifaceted artists hailing from the small town of Totnes, based in the southwest of the UK. Simon spends his time between architecture and music (also of Yndi Halda) while Tommy does it full-time, producing and live engineering for artists like Honne, Jordan Rakei, and Bonobo.
The live performance of “Isn’t It Nice” is amongst a compilation of many live songs recorded by musicians within Pedro Y El Lobo, an independent music label headquartered in Mexico. The album, entitled Pedro Y El Lobo Presenta (Live Benefit Compilation), was released in celebration of the collective’s 10th-year anniversary. All sales will go directly to support the Children’s Philharmonic Band of Ayutla Mixe, whose instruments were stolen last year.
Be sure to listen to the full track below.
Anjali Rose Kumar is a musician, videographer, and creative freak based in Brooklyn, NYC. Anjali is learning to cope with a self-imposed quarantine in NYC’s second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic by spending her hours recording music in her bedroom, watching her unemployment leave her bank account, and embarking on a newly revived love of writing. In fact, when Anjali was 10 years old she was convinced she would live her life as a writer, however, she would often confuse her teachers by making up her own vocabulary and therefore buried the interest for 15 years. Cheers to the new years ahead of us. You can find out more about Anjali here.