I still remember the first time I ever heard a Fickle Friends’ song, all the way back in 2014 when I heard Play and immediately became hooked on this euphoric brand of indie pop this band produces. It’s been wonderful to watch them grow and see their music evolve over the years so it’s no surprise that their latest Eats Me Up is superb with the whole EP’s musical style being an ode to the 80’s and 90’s.
The opening track Eats Me Up is a melodic based pop track that if you played out-loud in a car full of your friends everyone would be nodding their heads along to the beat. The chorus has a glorious synth riff that just makes you want to move your body along to beats with the lead vocals gliding effortlessly over them and when you throw the killer production into the mix then you know this EP is off to a killer start.
There’s no real way of saying it other than that Pretty Great is well… pretty great. This feels like something that could come out of a modern day John Hughes movie with youthful yet sad nature of the track. The lyrics tell a melancholy story that is effortlessly told through the honest lead vocals that make them feel all the more real, to the point where you’ll find yourself blasting this out in your bedroom singing about past loves.
We then end on a high note with Amateurs that is a top 40 hit waiting to happen with the production being utterly superb and the chorus containing this addictive guitar melody and a killer hook that I’ve been singing under my breath ever since I heard it. It’s a tad unconventional with it’s delivery but man does this track slap something fierce.
Overall Fickle Friends have outdone themselves yet again and I have no real doubt in my mind that this band will continue thrive well into 2020 and beyond.