Previously, Fickle Friends have peddled uber bright, lively and bouncy wares. The subjects may often have been steeped in melancholy, confusion and sadness, but the tunes themselves have been hyper-energetic and playful summer anthems, made for dancing wildly to with carefree abandon. After all that vibrant frivolity we reckon the five of them could probably do with a little breather.
So it is with their latest offering, “Paris”. It is still a warm and summery offering but more toned down from what we are used to from our number one act to listen out for in 2015. The vocals are softer, more of a caress while the melody is dreamy and languid with a hazy, reassuring buzz of bass in the background. It’s less a playful jump in the pool, friends on living it up on holiday largesse kind of vibe, more a laidback relax in a field, staring up at the sun with a cool drink in hand feeling. It’s just absolutely lovely.
There’s an EP Velvet on the way (on Monday) which we cannot wait for, and as well as playing Radio 1’s Big Weekend, fans in Norwich can catch them performing a short live set at The Waterfront tonight (22 May). More details can be found here.