WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM MERCY KELLY – WILD AND FREE
Galloping forth with their second single of 2023, Mercy Kelly is back with Wild And Free.
The Manchester indie rock group presents dreamy melodic tones blended with classic indie stylings. Wild And Free has the feel of the mid-90s with similarities to acts such as Manic Street Preachers. It’s a guitar-focused number with beautifully harmonised vocals in the chorus.
Rhythmically, Wild And Free is easy-going and remains consistent throughout the track. Listeners are met with expected bursts of energy throughout the chorus but are always greeted with familiar chords post-chorus.
The accompanying bridge keeps up the melodic energy and slides into the chorus unnoticed. For a track of its nature, Wild And Free gives the impression of just that musically. The continuous speed and uplifting tones make the track feel liberating and whilst a band was aforementioned in similarities, Mercy Kelly feels fresh.
Their style feels like their own and doesn’t incorporate much of the indie scene around them or that has dominated Manchester for the last 30 years. If anything you would have to look further back to bands of the 80s such as The Cure and The Smiths for the delicate chord structures and warming lead tones.
Of course, an endless list of added material could change the song like more lead riffs or keys. However, in a swamp of indie music, it’s nice to be treated to something so steady and jangly. Some tracks veer off the path and some never reach it. Mercy Kelly finds themselves on the right track with a destination always in sight.
As we reach the close of the summer and an unexpected heatwave, Wild And Free is a perfect track for warm summer nights. You feel accompanied whilst listening to the track and it brings out so many positive feelings.