Imagine for a second that you’re lying out on the beach; eyes closed, the sun blazingly warm, a cool breeze kissing you where flesh is exposed. The tide is slowly coming in, lapping ever closer to your toes but you know that it won’t reach you. Gulls call high above, children chatter and cry but you can’t hear them above the music running through your mind; the fleeting sound of tranquillity.
Saltwater Sun somehow seem to have managed to capture that exact sound with new track Now or Never from their upcoming EP FLAWED. The Reading-based band play intricate, beautiful, powerful guitar-pop in the mould of Wolf Alice. Their music is sweet yet muscular and intelligent, a 21st century reimagining of The Cranberries packed full of dynamism, deep bass grooves and lyrical percussion. Now or Never shifts seamlessly between quiet, contemplative verses and a bombastic, driven, hook-laden chorus and the whole production is polished to perfection by regular collaborator James Bragg from Gengahr.
With Now or Never, Saltwater Sun make a good case for being a true 2016 summer essential to pack alongside your sunscreen and shades so roll up that towel and reserve your deck chairs early (Speedos are optional and probably unnecessary).
Words by David Sealey