In Nottingham, we know a thing or two about what sounds good with indie music in its truest sense – we’ve got out hands on creating and encouraging a lot of independent acts, adding their own quirky to a genre. One of the latest examples of this is six piece The Gorgeous Chans, whose By The Highway previously featured as our track of the week; this was a B-side to their debut single Marina & I, released on Monday.
At three and a half minutes, the indie rock outfit take inspiration from TV’s Stingray’s Mermaid, and have already had a lot of attention; I suppose a good way to top playing Bestival is having your live set then aired on Radio 1 by Huw Stephens.
Comparisons to the likes of Eliza and the Bear spring to mind in the track’s opening seconds, but these are brushed away with the spectacular introduction of the sax – maybe Mystery Jets’ Two Doors Down would be a more apt waymarker. It’s got a sound that encompasses the fresh faced, buoyant optimism of new bands, with all the classic moves and original slants that any act needs to stay afloat.
You can stream Marina & I below.