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WE REVIEW THE LATEST SINGLE FROM MIKE STOYANOV – EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED

‘My sound just punches you in the face, man, and forces you to submit – the words of London indie rocker Mike Stoyanov. It’s a Gallagher-esque moment of self-aggrandising pomposity but there is the truth behind the statement. While ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’ isn’t exactly the gut-punch you’d get from a Minor Threat record, it’s certainly direct.

Now experiencing his second year as a solo artist, Stoyanov’s approach offsets brit-pop influences with brutish rawness. One imagines Stoyanov in the recording studio, wielding his guitar wildly like a troglodyte wielding an oversized club. His persona is atavistic, but the music never ventures too far into the inaccessible.  

Yet for all the boisterous bravado, ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’ probably isn’t the firework Stoyanov was hoping for. There are glimpses; his occasionally slurred vocal embellishments, biting guitars and aggressively recorded drums are all admirable. But the performance could be elevated to a nastier aesthetic. Instead, by attempting to maintain something simultaneously palatable and provocative, the end-product is wayward.

Everything You Ever Wanted’ is a smartly written and enjoyable pop song behind a veneer of moodiness. ‘You know I gave you everything you ever wanted’ he tells the song’s love-interest with assured clarity. But this dogmatic lyric is followed by a supremely catchy guitar lick, debasing the severity of Stoyanov’s lyrics. The constituent parts of this song are all flammable, Stoyanov needs just to combine them differently to create a spark.