Reading-based Saltwater Sun are back with their new EP FLAWED, a four-track foray into indie-rock at its most melodic. Championed by both Radio X and BBC Introducing, the record showcases a young band growing in both ambition and confidence. It’s infectious, energetic and fun, reinforcing the newcomers’ credentials as ones to watch for 2017.
“The EP as a whole focuses on our experiences of human behaviour, creativity and the visceral feelings that come with it,” claim the band.
“From ambition to all-encompassing love, it’s a very human piece that we hope people relate to.”
Though the clue may well be in the name, there’s no hiding that Saltwater Sun’s minds are firmly embedded in the summer. Now Or Never, the EP’s lead single, is a sun-soaked burst of indie-pop perfect for the post-beach blowout. Love Defeating, another of the record’s tracks, follows suit, taking inspiration from The Joy Formidable, Wolf Alice and Room on Fire-The Strokes in its summery sonic makeup. The songs are cool, catchy and they sneak into your head like the fasionably-late attendee to a house party – once they’re there, you struggle to remember a time when they weren’t.
With a sold-out show at The Waiting Room to show for it, it’s a good time to be Saltwater Sun. The record is short, sweet and perfect for combating the autumn chill. After a couple of listens, it’s almost like summer never left.
FLAWED is anything but its eponymous title.
Words by Niall Flynn