“C’est Magnifique” has a great end-of-summer vibe with its blend of New Order style production and Ward’s smooth, Bono-esque vocals. Energetic yet melancholy, polished yet raw, the track captures the contradictory Zeitgeist that has been 2020 for me. Ward urges “Take a look at yourself – All you do is say ‘everyone needs love’”. His lyrics tell a story that his love is not magnificent, but it could be if they could put aside egos. His hooky delivery gets stuck in your head and swims along nicely with the pulsing synths, shimmery guitars, and instrumental textures. While the drum production stays relatively simple, the percussion’s solid foundation puts the other parts of the song in the foreground. I certainly hope to hear more from Ward and Club Manchego in the future!
The song is a blend of two original compositions from two international artists. Franco’s (MX) original instrumental song “CLUB MANCHEGO – 1999” was blended with music and lyrics from a song that Ward (USA) wrote called “C’est Magnifique”.
Produced by Elk Road Music & Socsub. CLUB MANCHEGO is under license by SOCSUB (Sociedad Subterránea), distributed by Awal & Ditto Music. Produced by Elk Road Music & Socsub. CLUB MANCHEGO is Alejandro González Franco known as Aletz Franco.
You can listen to this album on Spotify
In 2020, Ward released their first full album, “Bring Me Low” on May 15, 2020. After a packed house at NAMM in Jan 2020, the band was set to tour festivals including SXSW and more. Now, the band is focused on writing, releasing new music, and connecting to the community through live streams. The band is planning tours in the US, Mexico, and Europe for 2021. Look for new collaborations with international artists throughout Fall and Winter 2020.
In 2019, Ward played an average of one live show every week across the US and Mexico, including Echo Park Rising (Los Angeles, CA), Mesa Music Festival (Mesa, AZ), and headlined the LIFA Festival (Mexico City) along with a second tour of Mexico. In 2018, Ward’s song “Crush” was recognized as one of the top 100 songs of the year by Buzzbands.la. To date, his releases and videos have been streamed over 500k times and earned praise from online music blogs such as Groundsounds, Line of Best Fit, Atwood Magazine, Buzzbands, Imperfect Fifth, Northern Transmissions, and more.