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Department S

WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE ‘SO FAR AWAY’ BY DEPARTMENT S

Straight away, this song hits in with a transcending ambiance before an iconic vocal line steals the spotlight. It comes to something when a song features a member of The Stranglers, you know you’re onto a corker before you even click the play button.

As soon as I clicked that button, the track even exceeded expectations. Shining through with a gorgeous post-punk element, the track also nudges ’80s electronica. What makes me come back for more with this number is the driving beat that underlines the whole song.

Without that beat, the track wouldn’t have much momentum or dynamic changes, whereas this driving beat shows us the way with great ease.

A relentless listen that uses an ambitious production to tell its tale, ‘So Far Away’ is an organic track that you wouldn’t, unfortunately, hear in the charts today. With the top 40 charts feeling slightly watered down at the moment, this track deserves a bigger platform than that.

I could easily hear this being played on Tom Robinson’s fantastic 6 Music show or something along the lines of a show helping underground artists, because this is a real contender.

Accompanied by a gritty guitar line that would be perfect for the silver screen in a blockbuster film like Trainspotting or something along those lines, Department S’s new creation could well be their best release yet, and I’ve even heard their 1981 UK hit single ‘Is Vic There?’ which reached the top 30 back in the day.

Prominently indie yet with some gentle nudges towards pop and electronica, ‘So Far Away’ feels within reach and is a song that should always be at arm’s length for you.

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