Cultures – Marlone

Alt-rock trio Cultures have been a familiar face to North West stages for a number of years now, however, after the addition of their latest drummer, James Saunders, things seem to have really fallen into place for the band. Before that, their latest single, ‘Marlone’ was a standout number in their much loved live sets, destined to be the track to get the audience going.

The band are yet to play a show since joining forces with James Saunders, with their shows constantly being postponed due to Coronavirus. However, this has not stopped them in their tracks, whilst the music industry had come to a standstill, and in a time where many may have felt compelled to put their brakes on, Cultures have taken the time to hone their craft, putting together a stunning collection of singles.

Marlone’ is the latest to be released of these tracks produced throughout lockdown, it is filled with optimistic and uplifting lyrics which see frontman Josh Spivey confront his own feelings. The band describes the track as being their ‘happy song about being unhappy’ and in doing so they are completely correct; the lyrics bode well with shimmery instrumentation which prove how talented Cultures are in their work.

Since its release at the end of April, the track has gathered support from the likes of BBC Introducing and XS Manchester, and it is easy to see why. ‘Marlone’ allows Cultures to play around with their pop sensibilities and pair them with more sombre lyrics to create something that is going to become even more of a fan favourite than it was previously, a true stand out addition to their ever-growing catalogue of tracks.