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Fenech-Soler: Fenech-Soler

The Basics: This hotly tipped four-piece have recently caught attention after a successful collaboration with Groove Armada and a remix of Marina & The Diamonds single ‘Hollywood’.
 
Their debut album provides a refreshing change from the usual chord chugging indie bands on the current circuit. In April their second single ‘Stop and Stare’ was 'Record of the Week' and 'Weekend Anthem' on BBC Radio 1.
 
October sees them embark and a huge UK tour, stopping of at The Plug in Sheffield on Saturday 16. The band have a built up a reputation with their work so far for putting the pulse back into indie music.
The Verdict: They are similar to other electro-indie outfits like Friendly Fires, Klaxons and Delphic, however songs such as ‘Golden Sun’ and ‘Battlefields’ have a much more complex synth element to them.
 
Repetitive but catchy choruses fused with melodic bass and keyboards make it a great all round dance record. The music is suited for clubs and live experiences but still comes across strong on record. ‘LA Love’ is a great genre-defying mixture of psychedelica, punk and pop. Such mixes could have gone so easily wrong, yet the record is mastered flawlessly.
 
The album closer ‘Walk Alone’ is a much more laid back track, with a strong 80’s vibe to it showing they can adapt their sound accordingly. Listen out for the latest single ‘Lies’ that’s due out September 20th, which has the potential to become real dancefloor filler with its anthemic and addictive chorus perfectly balanced with energy filled bass guitar beats, a winner in my eyes.
8 out of 10
Matt Casbolt




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