The charm of the eighties dragged up and wrapped in an accessible radio-pop format. Dance beats and warm instrumentation combine with lyrics worth remembering to go beyond a typical modern outing.
The track comes out swinging with a drum beat that’s equal parts cheeky and drawing. Shortly accompanied by a texture-laden ensemble of bell tones, pads and driving bass. Within seconds Dead Lovely reveals itself to be a likeable and familiar entity with a quality of further depth in its arrangement.
The vocal section takes lead of the work early on and maintains that for the majority of its duration. Without exception, the delivery and careful exploration perfectly reflects that of the harmonic content surrounding. An awareness and lively response to the composition is always present. Shown in the moments of subdued, almost spoken phrases, a sense of controlled dynamic performance is clearly translated. This is furthered in the more evocative sections where the ensemble raises into a slightly more elaborate series of phrases, with more adventurous vocal play.
These changes perfectly articulate the group’s performative response and compositional care. From start to finish the track has a sophisticated and coherent air. No elements are presented in excess. Instead each piece that makes up the work feels just enough, never too much or little.
Excellent choices in production maintain a sense of dynamic intrigue. Distant tones can be picked out, drenched in reverb, supporting the melodic work in the front. Teasing falling voices appear and fade away in the sparser moments, just enough to catch the ear and warrant a little attention.
Dead Lovely could be placed somewhere between The Wombats and Future Islands. All the likeability and accessibility of a modern radio-pop band. All the intrigue and brevity of a practiced outing. The track could be easily recommended as a respite or next-up for any genre, and I submit it as such.
‘A modern take on the sounds of the 80s, Regards are a young synth-pop group that hail from the origins of many a great band…Manchester. Blending the electro-anthems of the 1980s and important sociological and political topics resonant with present day Britain, the group hopes to offer something unique to the music industry.’
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