It’s time for our first brand new track of the year and while the hope and optimism of a new year is still fresh in our lungs and minds, we’re bringing you some super-catchy, life-affirming indie-pop to help keep it going.
The latest from Brighton based five-piece Fickle Friends, Swim (which, incidentally, features on the new Killing Moon/Ally Mccrae compilation) is bright, bubbly and as infectious as anything. Despite being about being so confused and messed up that you feel like you are drowning, it makes you feel anything but. There’s no confusion, it’s just sparkly and uplifting, the perfect buoyancy aid should you feel overwhelmed or besieged by January blues. You can bob along safely on its life raft of hooks and groovy guitar lines.
There are Prince-esque jams inside this 80’s new-wave pop doughnut, with a sprinkled coating of Robyn on the outside, and it tastes gorgeous. It makes you want to dance, and not all cool and ironic dancing either. We’re talking silly and enthusiastic, drunk and probably lacking in coordination but stupidly fun dancing. Singing along with your arm around a mate dancing as you have one of those nights that go down as one of the best nights ever (well, the bits you can remember at least). We’ll be singing this one for a while, that’s for sure.