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Fickle Friends – Could Be Wrong

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This article first appeared on The Daily Listening.

The UK has always delivered the best of indie in my humble opinion. In the nineties and early naughties it was certainly true. In recent years, 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 centre. Their latest single “Could Be Wrong” was released roughly a month ago and is still taking a little bit of time to get noticed around the world, but 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 synth-pop, bringing together a brilliantly balanced single that should give them a leg-up to bring their live show to all corners of the earth. Writing this from Australia, I certainly hope it does at least…after listening to “Could Be Wrong” on repeat all day I’ll be sorely disappointed if I don’t get to see at least one gig of theirs…fingers crossed.

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Post #200: Our Top 5 Of All Time

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Wow. It’s been quite a while doing this here blog, and we’ve finally hit 200 posts! To mark this special occasion, instead of posting about something new or doing the same old, I thought we’d go back to our origins – a countdown.

We’ve posted about a lot of different bands, both Australian and international and some well known while others not so much. Looking into the back end of the site at all the stats I was actually quite surprised to see which posts had performed the best, including one Aussie wonder sneaking in fourth.

So here it is, for my 200th post – the top 5 performing posts of all time on The Indie Rock Summit. Thanks for reading!

5. Great Good Fine OK – By My Side

4. Northeast Party House – The Haunted

3. NIEVES – Straight Line

2. DWNTWN – See My Eyes

1. Sombear – Incredibly Still

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DWNTWN – The Red Room EP

I don’t usually post twice in one day, but I’ve been listening to this EP from LA based DWNTWN for days now and actually needed to write about it. The whole EP is so catchy in it’s own Electronic-Pop way, with front-lady Jamie Leffler’s vocals floating around some of the most chilled beats and melodies I’ve heard in a long time. Usually I find this genre (maybe it’s a mix of that…is it chill-wave? and pop) kind of boring in the long-run, but DWNTWN absolutely kill it.

The standout track on the record is See My Eyes. Opening with a creeping keyboard and brooding, depressing vocals, it jumps up out of nowhere and smashes all about the joint suddenly making you want to sing along (or something like that). Other brilliant tunes like Stood Me Up and Transition keep the pace in what is overall a very solid effort. It came out in 2012 so is actually a little bit older. Fingers crossed they’re working on something as I type…

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