The UK has always delivered the best of indie in my humble opinion. In the nineties and early naughties it was certainly true. Acts like The Kooks, The Futureheads and Bloc Party straight up built my late teens. In recent years though, I feel like Brooklyn and LA have borrowed the bulk of the load. Before it gets too out of hand, Bristol’s Fickle Friends are on the case, with golden numbers flying out left, right and center. Their latest single “Could Be Wrong” was released roughly a month ago and although it’s still taking a little bit of time to get noticed around the world, it definitely deserves a hefty tip of the cap.
This one is a properly good, synth-pop vessel; the sort of which I haven’t heard in a while. It feels like a cross between LA acts DWNTWN and Golden Coast. It combines the beautiful ghost-like vocals of front woman Natassja Shiner with some straight up sunshine synthpop, bringing together a brilliantly balanced single that should give them a leg-up to take their live show to all corners of the earth. As I write this from Australia, I sincerely hope I am in fact, not wrong.