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We Review the New Single from Reardon Love – Purple Hearts

Anyone that’s already familiar with Hull indie-poppers Reardon Love might be a little taken aback by their new single. Or at least its aesthetic, if not its narrative. Indeed, where previous singles have harboured a camp, Cure-esque despondency, something that has always gone hand in hand the band’s overt politics, ‘Purple Hearts’ offers something still influenced by the ‘80s, yet ultimately much poppier.

This feels thanks, in part, to the addition of second vocalist Esther, whose vocal seemingly shifts the band away from their post-punk inspired early offerings, allowing ‘Purple Hearts’ to feel more akin to the jangly, C86 indie-pop of the decade than anything they’ve done previously.

Of course, while a sonic shift might very well have taken place, Reardon Love have never been a band to shy away from the political side of things, and their fourth single is no exception. While previous releases have explored ideas of transphobia, the refugee crisis or the prison-industrial complex, this time the band turn their attention to World War II, and specifically the story of Horace Greasley, a man who claims to have escaped a notorious Prisoner of War camp over 200 times to rendezvous with a clandestine lover.

How true the story is, is still a matter of conjecture, what isn’t however, is just how neatly it fits into the ethos of Reardon Love, a band who have always championed the underdogs, and provided a voice for the disenfranchised. And though the track’s buoyant aesthetic might well seem at odds with a narrative about a Prisoner of War camp, the two share an inherent optimism that work together to create arguably Reardon Love’s most accessible single to date.