This Sunday - September 28th - sees the release of new single Wolfpack by Teesside duo Talk Symmetry.
Chilled out and brooding in equal measure, Wolfpack brings together the powerful, haunting vocals of Lynsey McConnell and the synth wizardry of Ian Dixon, with lyrics based on being accepted into a tightly-knit group of people despite them not really being that fond of you hanging around (in the words of the aforementioned synth wizard). The title alone made me think of The Hangover. The explanation confirmed my suspicions.
From the outset, the song - complete with beautifully-shot video - has the atmospheric, dreamlike quality of Massive Attack's Angel, slowly building with electronic swirls of sound and whispers of 'This is my wolfpack', the finish not so much a crescendo as a big swish of sound which keeps the overall feel cool and laid-back.
Want to know more? The following bio has been shamelessly lifted from Facebook and sums the band up pretty well (I did ask first. Plus, I wrote it....)
"Musically influenced by the likes of SOHN, M83, Nils Frahm and many others, Talk Symmetry brings together the instrumental and production skills of Ian Dixon and the haunting vocals of Lynsey McConnell. Drawing inspiration from Kenna, Tom Day, Kisses and Custom Blue, their sound is emotive and enthralling with pure tones and building depths. A seamless blend of soaring melodies, synths and guitars, debut single Wolfpack is due for release shortly, the music reminiscent of a modern day Massive Attack, the vibe cool and chilled with a growing intensity and the lyrics poignant and beautifully delivered. Striking and contemporary, Talk Symmetry bring a unique twist to electronic music, meshing together synthetic sounds and live guitar melodies, woven with a heady vocal intricacy"
I will freely admit that alt-rock indie bands with skinny jeans and messy hair are my default setting, so finding a track like this is really refreshing. It's great to sling on and chill out to, and wouldn't be out of place in a cool indie film. Released on Sunday, the track will be available on iTunes and the video will be available to watch here. You can also interact with Talk Symmetry on Facebook and Twitter.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!