BUZZIN’ 26 - The Collectable Few

Joining the renaissance of 80’s tinged electro power-pop that’s as much at home with the electro kids as it is the guitar fans - pioneered by the likes of Morning Parade - West-London quartet The Collectable Few know a thing about writing an infectious tune or two. Take, for example current single ‘Headstrong’, which came out on Laissez Faire Club Records on 24th January. It’s a boldly infectious, foot-tappingly jubilant song that would take a strong head to resist. If any more evidence was needed, current free download ‘Glamour’ is a powerhouse of a song featuring a euphoric crescendo of synth and cymbals, with chanting lyrics that’ll be stuck in your head for the next couple of millennia.

Where the likes of Hurts and White Lies have opted to draw their inspiration from dark 80's minimalism, The Collectable Few have gone for a more upbeat approach; with hints of The Cure (Check out their cover if Inbetween Days), bringing an edge that prevents them venturing into saccharine neon pop territory, (Which would clash disastrously with their polo shirts). Planes is more of a melodic slow-burner, with the relaxed vibes of current Floridian surfer heroes Surfer Blood, and Promises fuses a heavy bass-line with twinkling percussion, charming lyrics and contrapuntalic melodies.

The effervescent melody machine is rolling up to Manchester next month, playing at The Castle Hotel on the 3rd of March, but if you don’t catch them there you may just be subject to their buoyant bombardment of your subconscious on a dance floor or in a large field in the near future. Whichever it may be, The Collectable Few are riding a new wave to a headspace near you very soon, and will probably stick there for a very long time.

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Words: Lucy Holt


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