Today’s Track Of The Day is from an exciting new band whose ‘Occupied States’ album I have been listening to for a week or so now. Drawing on elements of contemporary progressive alternative-rock and indie, and inspired by the likes of Sigur Ros, Pink Floyd, The Boxer Rebellion and Radiohead, the five piece Halo Blind create a hybrid that’s engaging, dynamic and immersive. Listeners will no doubt hear a strong Radiohead influence on various tracks, including the superb single ‘Better’ which opens the album. And if ‘OK Computer’ was the sound of pre millennial tension, then this is very much the sound of 21st century unrest. Opening with dramatic, urgent piano notes before interesting rhythms, textured guitars and Andy Knights‘ plaintively atmospheric vocals enter the picture along with the dark chime of guitars, the mood grows heavier throughout until they let it rip in the climactic final minutes. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this new up and coming band features bassist Stuart Fletcher, who used to be in The Seahorses. Small world. Look out for a full album review in the next few days, in the meantime be sure to give ‘Better’ a listen below. If you sign up to their mailing list HERE, you can get two tracks from the album for free.