For as many times as The Cure took us to the darkest recesses of the human psyche, Robert Smith also wrote some of the most joyful pop songs of his generation. And the new single by Hawk, “You Are The One I Want” (which BlackBook premieres here) perfectly recalls the post-punk pop exuberance of tracks like “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m in Love.”
The band, led by David Hawkins, also notably features Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas, Morgan Fisher from Mott The Hoople, and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies. But the latter’s melodic bass lines readily call to mind those of Peter Hook, while the opulent atmospherics could arguably be traced back to singular aesthetic of late ’80s New Order.
The lyrical sentiment is simple—”You are the one I want / I think I hear the Angels calling”—but genuinely uplifting…especially at a time such as this.
“The lyrics came to me as I wrote the guitar line,” Hawkins explains, “and they speak to intense desire and yearning for union on several levels, including the spiritual. They also reverberate with a common theme for me, that of the Divine Feminine, which is so crucial to our collective evolution right now…the wisdom and compassion of the Goddess.”