COMPNY – ‘Lovers’: Refreshingly new, refreshingly old

Are you bored of listening to the same old iconic indie artists, but also bored of new acts copying them so they can sound cool and edgy to an audience of selfie stick wielding morons? Us too.

Well we can’t REALLY do anything about that, but here’s a band who do the whole ‘borrowing from what’s come before’ thing pretty damn well. COMPNY’s latest track ‘Lovers’ is a great mash-up of all the sounds that have been so good about the indie scene in the last 30 years.

In the middle of this pop gem, beyond the layers of shimmery summery euphoria, is a sense that this band know their place in the Indie timeline. Opening with an erratic rhythm section, soon we’re listening to a backing vocal loop that you just know is designed for drunken singalongs (we’d test that out, but it’s 10am and we don’t have an office job to justify drinking).

Indie cliché hook aside, the chorus has a great Stone Roses vibe that isn’t overbearing while also staying true to modern indie. It doesn’t feel dated or vintage – it’s all shiny and new, but refreshingly familiar. And the verses are the same, with a turn-of-the-century Britpop sounding instrumental feel and some very Little Comets sounding vocals. Sweet.

It’s always nice to find a track that can offer some sort of new sound while giving a familiar vibe so people can enjoy it easier. Familiarity is key, and ‘Lovers’ has been no stranger to my head for the last 24 hours.


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