#NewMusicFriday: ‘The Moment’ by Fickle Friends

Brighton band Fickle Friends release the second single from their upcoming EP, Broken Sleep – this time it’s the chilled, light bop, The Moment.

If Fickle Friends’ debut album You Are Someone Else was intended to be more of an introductory release setting out the group’s trademark sound, then their upcoming Broken Sleep EP looks set to be the experimental record which takes the band in exciting new directions.

Much like the previous release – the lead single and title track, Broken Sleep – The Moment has a vibe which certainly feels different to Shiner and co.’s back catalogue, yet has enough familiarity to it so as to not alienate their loyal fanbase.

It’s reminiscent of Midnight, albeit with a more experimental rhythm and tempo – one which runs away from the band in the song’s bridge. A steady beat quickly switches to a complex drum groove which fails to interlace with Natti’s typical soft vocals. Otherwise, the song still has a driving feel to it – galactic synths and a bouncy lyrical structure give this track the usual Fickle Friends bounciness which makes it a welcome addition to their experimental indie pop collection.

The Moment is the second single released from Fickle Friends’ upcoming EP, Broken Sleep, out later this year.

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#NewMusicFriday: ‘Broken Sleep’ by Fickle Friends

Hot off the heels of their debut album release and a string of summer festival performances, Fickle Friends explore new ground on the driving pop track, Broken Sleep.

It’s time for some new directions for the Brighton band. Leaving Polydor Records to start up their own record company, the five-piece are back with an evolved pop sound ahead of their new EP out later this year.

Their first album, You Are Someone Else, was a strong introduction from Natti Shiner and co. Colourful instrumentals and soft vocals on a slow beat cemented the group as a band with a clear, distinctive sound, and room to experiment.

Listening to the lead single of their new EP, this traditional sound remains, but it feels different. While hits from You Are Someone Else packed a punch with a slower tempo, Broken Sleep has a driving rhythm which is much more urgent and excitable. If we’re seeing Fickle Friends move towards faster, poppier hits, then the band is heading in a very exciting direction indeed.

Broken Sleep is available now on Apple Music and Spotify.