Adam Barnes‘ latest track ‘Hopeful’ carries a familiar charm; a gentle folk ode that boasts uplifting hooks and a never-ceasing build in volume and tempo. Following on from his previous release ‘Electro’, Barnes finds himself in an assured position, flitting between tender ballads and swelling anthems with ease. Delightfully honouring its title, ‘Hopeful‘ leaves its listeners with a calming, positive undertone.

The Oxford singer-songwriter toys with influences of Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran, finding the perfect amount of calculated refrain between choruses. The result is an alluring folk-pop tickler that demands a toe-tap throughout its duration.