‘Only One’ is the latest single by London based band Ex-Vöid. It was released in October 2019 with Prefect Records and Don Giovanni Records and comes with a music video which can be found on Prefect Records YouTube page. The band emerged from the remains of former group Joanna Gruesome and managed to conserve its indie punk sensibility in this new project that set off less than two years ago. Ex-Vöid defines their music as Ex-treme Power Pop, and after listening to this single and some of their previous recordings, I cannot agree more. It is power pop, and it is certainly extreme. Their sound includes the winning combination of beautiful vocal harmonies over lightly distorted Fenders and the rawness of angry yet vulnerable vocals. Needless to say, it was easy for them to get me on their side. Consider the energy of gone but never forgotten Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries fused with the infinite mellowness of The Lemonheads; that is Ex-Voïd.
The song selected, however, leaves the anger aside and provides us with a lethal dose of uncut sour tenderness. The bittersweet two-and-a-half minutes love song ‘Only One’ introspects on the certainty of knowing that someone is the only one for you, while knowing that you are not the only one for them – the insecurities and melancholy of that realization. I could not help but think of The Popguns and their yearning anthem ‘Waiting for the Winter;’ despite only being out for 3 months now, ‘Only One’ evokes a tremendous sense of nostalgia, for a time you never lived, for a love you never had, and never lost.
In these media obsessed days we live in, it is relieving to find sincere displays of emotions as the one contained in this jewel of a song. I would encourage the reader to listen to the song themselves and check the genuineness of the feelings portrayed. That is my recommendation of the day. I hope you will find this song as gratifying as I did.On January the 18th 2020, Ex-Vöid played at the DIY Space for London in Peckham, with the company of Norwegian band Podcasts. Future gigs by Ex-Voïd to be announced in their social media.
YouTube Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XGey3v7eZw