Steel Island – Lucifer the Lightbearer (Naked Tree Recordings)

Steel Island Lucifer

This vibrant little single from Swedish band Steel Island knocks together the heads of Loney Dear with the arch-pop of Vampire Weekend to create something playful, gleefully indie disco friendly and inflated with wonky romanticism. It’s accompanied by the more dreamy ‘Ghost Edit’ of AnimalslaminA, swoonsome backing vocals, optimistic space-age synths burbling and a strident drumline strutting through the track. It drifts into The Flaming Lips territory for a repeated mantra over steady anthemic ascending instrumentation.

It’s all very lovely and nicely arranged, sure it sounds – on a structural level – like plenty of contemporary indie-pop acts that go down a storm at mid-level festivals with a folk bent, but Steel Island tick their boxes well and these songs are a fine pair that bode well for any future releases.


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