After the brilliant success of their summer debut single Vitamin C, which was championed by the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac, Liverpool quartet Clean Cut Kid released their follow up single, Runaway, earlier this month. Despite its distinct bounce and apparent optimism on the first listen, there’s a slightly darker side to the thoughts behind the track, as Mike Halls explain – “I wrote Runaway about an hour after I’d spent the last tenner, of the last installment, of my final year student loan. It’s a song about feeling beaten before you’ve even started the race, and that moment when you realise that there are just some things you’ll never escape.”
Though it’s pop, Clean Cut Kid lean towards the flamboyant, slightly eccentric style of art-pop that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Electro pops and cries of “hey” jazz up an already intriguing and ever-changing sound, and the thought thrown into every moment – the subdued patches, the cheering spirit – shows that Clean Cut Kid aren’t up for doing things by half measures.
You can listen to Runaway below.