Who is this?
Neon Waltz hail from the very North of Scotland, in a small town named Thurso. Despite its remote location the band have exploded in popularity over the last year, and bagged themselves a record deal with Atlantic Records. Their first release on the label was ‘First Light’, which is a collection of demo recordings and live performances that came out in 2014. This year the form continues as they have been nominated for ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.
What do they sound like?
Breathing in the fresh, airy sound of Neon Waltz you can almost see the Scottish highlands that surrounded the creation of this music. There are jingling riffs that hang in the air, not forcing attention but instead waiting to be admired, and soft, crafted vocals that sit between mild psychedelia and classic indie.
The smooth flow of all their tracks gives them a feel of a short story, explaining the wilderness of life with intangible messages. “What have you seen through your square eyes, with your storm gaze,” is the first line from the beautiful ‘Sombre Fayre’ which gently rises into life before becoming an enormous indie track. The fact that these tracks have never had a fully polished recording and are still as lush as they are is a testament to their quality and staggering potential.
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What’s the final verdict?
October see’s the group take to the road with a series of gigs around the UK, coming on the back of a successful summer where they played at Reading Festival, among others. They are also hitting the studio soon, which should result in a much awaited debut album.
For fans of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear 2016 will be a very exciting year, as there is a new pretender who could easily steal the throne of your favourite alternative indie band.
Words by Thomas Brent.