Hear it and weep. Oxford’s bright new hopes ISLAND have conjured a hypnotic slow-burner that could make cage fighters blub. For us, their first single has all the makings of a sleeper indie hit, with its atmospheric delayed guitar work, mellow vibe and rawly confessional vocals.
Initially ‘Stargazer’ recalls the minimal lo-fi of East Londoner BILLIONAIRE (who we featured as one of our very first #FoundSound finds back in May), albeit if he was to reimagine one of Foals‘ subdued ‘Spanish Sahara’-like moments. But it’s the raspy conclusion that sets this apart from the wave of other promising young guitar bands, giving us the same tingly feeling we got when we first heard WU LYF‘s hallowed heavy pop.