Focusing on the subject of love, Zeny Bux is here with his rhythmic new single, Flame. Taking massive inspiration from Britpop and indie rock of the Manchester scene, Flame is a melodic delight. The Oldham-based artist is a mere 18 and his youthful voice is reminiscent of an early Suede.
Flame is a love song and its emphatic nature is traversed with steady rhythmic guitars and drum beats throughout. The light-but-warm vocal stylings of Bux are the perfect fit for a song of this theme and the repetition of the single title in the later part of the song draws real focus to Bux’s vocal capabilities.
Whilst the vocals in the chorus are smooth and highly accessible, it would be great to hear some more harmonies to increase the overall warm tone. The vocals alone are the big takeaway from this track and extra work around them in such a case would add such a dynamic level. A level that would reminisce a lot of big Manchester indie bands, most notably Oasis’ leveled harmonies.
Bux has previously worked with Barry Sutton (The La’s) and Chris Helme (Seahorses) and that classic Manchester guitar tone is heard throughout. The overdriven guitars provide a backdrop to draw in the focus on the lyrics.
We’re treated to a bluesy guitar fill in the post-chorus which sets the expectations in a multitude of directions. The notes rip through and Bux’s capabilities are not just as a songwriter with consistent rhythm guitars, but as someone who knows how important a roaring lead riff is for this genre.
Flame whilst steady on the rhythms, isn’t an indie rock track that feels the need to let up at any time. It doesn’t need a soft and soothing moment. It needs to keep the fire burning like the heavy love theme. Bux is heading in a satisfying indie rock direction and stays away from the step-by-step guide of the genre.
His punchy notes and soulful lyrics are a warming moment in this cold February.