RGM Recommends – The Singles

The Thieves – Bulletproof

A 3-piece indie-punk band from Durham, this is The Thieves’ first release since their debut album, back in 2019. 

Simply put, Bulletproof will blow your socks off. It’s vivacious and it’s upbeat; there’s no messing around about it. As the intro streams in, a series of sharp drum beats and a killer riff grounds the track’s energy. 

Despite the vocals being strong, perhaps the content of the lyrics could do with more experimentation; they’re a little generic here and there, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a bit more lyrically creative. It’s a banger for all of the Indie Cindies out there.

The Petal Falls – All These Years

Their album graphology is contrary to the content. I was expecting a hard-rock blitz, but was blinded by a jazzy, iconic-sounding EP. Their genre is notably hard to define, but perhaps take the idea that Journey and Bruce Springsteen had a baby, and roll with that.

Assumedly a product of the eclectic musical tastes while growing up, this album is a culmination of rich lyrics and powerful vocals. It’s all elaborate choruses which will undoubtedly linger in your head for a while after, and luscious musicianship which never fails to shine throughout. There’s a sense of coherence to the album, which makes it all the more satisfying to listen to. Overall, it’s a delight to listen to.

The Last Clouds – Fragile

The electro-indie Cheshire duo bring a plethora of futuristic melodies and robot-inspired vocals on the latest 5-track EP.

It begins with the slightly eerie, detached ‘Ghostlands’ – giving a taste of the ET-esque mien which runs throughout the album. I felt slightly alienated when I initially listened to this… Perhaps it’s a musical metaphor for current times, while we’re in lockdown.

The same tinge of futurism is prominent throughout the rest of the album – especially in the concluding track – ‘Contact’ – which consists of fuzzy, unintelligible mumbles and a bizarrely clinical musicianship.

It could probably pass for the soundtrack of interstellar. 

Cut Throat Francis’s Spencer Flay – Keyworkers

Aptly named, it’s a sincerely lovely ode to the backbone of society at the moment and those on the frontline of the pandemic – our key workers.

It’s a truly sweet listen – a pat on the back and voice of thanks to every single teacher, doctor, supermarket worker, and all other key workers around the nation. A surprisingly chirpy listen, Flay’s simple instrumentation paired with his raw, simply appreciative lyrics make for a delightful track. Think – chilled ukulele strums and naked vocals with a simple but effective purpose – to thank, and to spread the love.  This track deserves more recognition. 

In The Morning Lights – Into Sunlight

Leeds alt-pop duo, In The Morning Lights, have stripped it all back on their newest single. 

It begins with a series of beats which are reminiscent of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme tune. It’s groovy, and it’s jazzy. The vocals take full focus on this release; effortless yet gorgeous. Perhaps they could be a little more explorative with the lyrical content though, as I found this to be slightly repetitive and at times, generic.

“I’m burning for your returning,” Matilde Mirotti’s voice shines through, piercing, during the chorus, making for a powerfully climactic part of the track. In particular, her voice dazzles and is the equivalent to the protagonist of the track.