Premiere: Explorers – “eighty eight”

24 Oct

Explorers Eighty Eight

Having enjoyed the synth-pop sounds of Chesterfield’s Explorers for some time, we finally got round to writing about them back in August when we posted about their last track, ”Talking To Your Ghost”. It was a gloriously 80’s loving piece of eletro-pop, crafted by a duo whose adoration for the decade of big hair, great kids TV and super synth sounds is worn proudly on the sleeve of their global-hyper-colour t-shirts.

Having taken their name from their favourite movie of that era, Jeremy Dennis and Robert Bannister continue to travel back in time to those halcyon days with their latest tune, “eighty eight” (not to be confused with Eye Emma Jedi’s similarly nostalgia twinged, but less synthy,“88”), which we are delighted to be premiering below.

For those of us of a certain age, perhaps moving out of the summer of our youth, listening to “eighty eight” instantly transports us back to a simpler time and a feeling of warmth and joy. Back then a tablet was something your Gran had when she started acting funny at dinner, not a shiny piece of touch screen technology. iPad’s? Where we’re going, we don’t need iPads…

This is, they tell us, the first time they have ever written for female vocals (the track features Beccy Jones) and in adding this new element; they have created another layer of smooth sonic wistfulness. Previously, these intrepid Explorers have soared high, streaking across the night sky across the universe and beyond. Here the adventure feels more down to earth but no less imaginative or exciting. The new worlds are the ditches and fields out past the garden and into the line of trees where fantastical stories unfold in our minds.

Opening with those wonderful synthwave sounds they do so well, the ones which are all Top of The Pops, stonewashed denim jackets and original line-up Going Live. The song races along to the beat like a DeLorean racing back to 1985, a montage of classic 80’s adventure movies playing as it does.

Having released a few singles over the summer period, the guys say this will be their last release for a little while as they work on their debut album. We can’t wait to hear it but for now, we’re happy to leave tyre tracks of fire on the road as we hit 88. Enjoy.

”Eighty Eight” is released today and available to buy on iTunes.


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