Catch Up – Stay Lunar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Stay Lunar has to be one of the more interesting young bands straddling the indie-pop divide at the moment and I’m not saying that just because they probably know where I live and no, I don’t owe them money. It’s true. Indie seems to have become a tad formulaic of late, the realm of airbrushed kids sporting the right clothing brands and more concerned with their complicated hair than the music, and mainstream pop is still the bastion of production line, industry puppet shows. But, as I pointed out when listening to Brainshake, their ability to bring the best bits of both genres together and not pander to the cliches is what makes them stand out from the crowd.

Catch Up sees them playing with an oriental infused synth riff that would have been at home in an 80’s New Romantic classic but rather than merely plunder those nostalgic sounds they instead seem to be inspired by them and the song sounds nothing but contemporary and forward thinking. Guitars gentle cradle the signature sound and the rhythm section play tastefully understated rhythms. Infectious to a fault, chart ready yet street smart, youthful and buoyant, this is everything the mainstream pop sound should be. Get behind it and help make the changes you want to see in the pop world. That’ll be a meme by the weekend, you wait and see!

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