We here at Independent Music News are a strong, defiant lot. We didn’t stop when Ricicles were discontinued, we didn’t stop when a bomb threat was called into our building, we didn’t stop for my granny’s funeral, and we won’t stop for some poxy virus named after a rubbish beer (yes, I said it). Upon reflection, the contract to work here is grossly unfair. But I’ll do that British thing; keeping calm and carrying on while taking the necessary precautions. I’ve just smeared hand sanitizer all over myself, my keyboard and my cat. Hang on; I don’t have a cat. So whose pet did I just shave?
Never mind, it’s premiere time! Simon Masterson is his name, and Mountpleasant is the fresh, sweet tune he’s releasing on the world. It bursts to life with an organ that reminds me of church, and I instantly scream “Hallelujah!”, frightening my neighbours. It immediately rouses feelings of optimism, happiness and positivity; something we are all in need of in trying times.
However, the optimism is somewhat interrupted as the story unfolds; the lyrics of Mountpleasant describe a somewhat monotonous existence and a wanting for something better – a feeling of restlessness – while still maintaining this change in lifestyle and excitement can indeed be achieved. It shifts in mood, dipping up and down like that rollercoaster you were sick on as a kid. The complexity and thoughtfulness of the lyrics cannot be emphasized enough – Simon Masterson’s ability to write with heart is fully on show.
Something that struck me as special about this track (other than the fantastic vocal talent) is the string arrangement. It’s beautiful. I know that’s an effortless way to describe anything, but it truly is, and it’s hard to put into any other words. The whole song gives off a Badly Drawn Boy vibe; an astute, charming song that you break the replay button on.
It’s out March 19th, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.