A wave of 90s/2000s classic indie washes over you as you sit back and take in Pretty Mafia’s new single ‘Slow Down’.
Initially deceiving you to be a slow acoustic track, it doesn’t take long for it to evolve into a full-force indie-rock tune with nasal northern vocals, an ear-wormy chord progression, and even a timely piercing guitar solo to grace your ears.
The title track and first of five songs from the Leeds band’s upcoming EP, ‘Slow Down’ is an easily identifiable product of the Britpop era and is not the kind of music you’d say we’re short of within the northern music scene. Nevertheless, it is still a competitive, well-produced addition to the pile.
Explaining the meaning of the song, Pretty Mafia said the lyrics ‘give off a strong feel of a past relationship now in the distance with the remains of polaroids from a past love life that seemingly started great and went too fast too soon’. Once again, it’s not a topic we haven’t heard countless times before, but that doesn’t take away from the group putting their own spin on it.
I suppose that’s the goal for the band. To make sure they’re putting their own twist on a sound that so many attempt and where so many fall into the trap of sounding too unoriginal. It’s a fine line to walk, and Pretty Mafia need to make sure they fall on the right side of that line.
Hopefully, they’ll show they can do this with their future releases, but for now, you can give ‘Slow Down’ a listen.