Originally conceived by Dave Okumu, singer/guitarist with The Invisible, as a break-up song, “Wings” was transformed into something else by the death of his mother. In the first instance he had built the lyrics around the image of a bird trying to fly in a contained space – “but I was that contained space.” Now, after his mother’s sudden death, “I felt like I was observing myself all the time, as if I'd become my own CCTV, checking to see if I could function, if I would fall apart, observing in a detached way, allowing whatever needed to happen to come to pass.” The song changed, both in the way Dave approached it and how it sounded. The result is classic Invisible – a driving beat, warm bass and a vocal and melody of such subtlety that the result is at once achingly sad and strangely uplifting. Complete masters of mood, makers of quiet but teak-tough music, this is a band who take you further in and further out than anyone else around.
Remix duties are dealt with by Floating Points. Never one to shy away from the epic, Sam Shepherd stetches out the original, adds gently swinging electronic drums and subtle ambient touches, all of which draw the focus back to the quality of the songwriting.
Inspired by recent performances, the single is rounded out by a brand new version of “London Girl.” The standout track from their Mercury-nominated debut, “London Girl” is here given a driving, dark, drum-heavy treatment that nods back to the original while giving a hint of the power and intensity of their current live shows.
Dave survived a life-threatening electrocution while playing in Lagos, Nigeria. As a result he has broken a leg, limiting his ability to play live. Nevertheless on Thursday 14th June, there will be an album playback and DJ sets by the likes of The Invisible, Joe Goddard, Kwesachu + Gwilym Gold at Pulse Films, 17 Hanbury St (off Commercial St), London E1 6QL with complimentary drinks..
Dave says… “Dear Friends, Leo, Tom & I have been on an extraordinary journey together making our second album. We were very much looking forward to playing live for you to celebrate its release but our recent horrific experience in Lagos, where I was severely electrocuted onstage, has meant a necessary break from live engagements. On our return, one of the first things I said was I wanted to throw a 'Dave's Alive' party. I can't think of a better way of doing this than by celebrating the launch of 'Rispah', a creation in honour of the most beautiful person I have known, invested with the same quality of love that has seen us through this recent challenge. Please come and celebrate with us. It's great to be alive!”