Over the last few months, we have watched as High Wycombe-based outfit Only Sun move from strength to strength. With many comparing their direction to the early incarnations of acts like Foals, Everything Everything, and Two Door Cinema Club, it has been clear that these guys are wearing their influences firmly on their sleeves and running with them as far as they will go. So after a number of vibrant previews in recent weeks, they have now returned to deliver their blistering debut album 'Tangled Mind', a record that doubles down on the reputation they have gathered already.
Usually when we come across a band looking to reinvigorate the noughties indie-rock sound, it usually comes across as more of a damp squib than anything likely to break through. But in the case of 'Tangled Mind', it is clear that Only Sun are simply envisioning a new and diverse direction to take that formative sound in. With some brilliantly impressive production ideas, matched up effortlessly with their own catchy songwriting, this debut full-length is a rare and captivating statement from the group, cementing their stake that indie-rock can still stand on its own without pandering too much to the commercial scene.
In all, 'Tangled Mind' is a strong and confident opening gambit for a band that seem to already have a bright future lined up in front of them. It has just enough nostalgic appeal to grab the older fans, but also a fresh and diverse intention that suits a contemporary vibe, something we don't hear very often.