Scottish electronic pop duo Love Sick certainly knew how to make their presence felt when they recently, dropped their debut offering “Bullet” because in no time at all it has clocked up an impressive 130k plus audio streams. A feat, which in all probability shouldn’t be hugely unexpected since Scotland does have a very good long-standing reputation for producing, top-tier synth-pop bands. From the mighty Ultravox, Calvin Harris, Helen Marnie, Chvrches and Prides, the Scots have proved themselves masterful in the keyed instrument department as well as experts in the field of playing the bagpipes.
Glaswegian based duo Love Sick is the newest, notable act in the Scottish synth-pop dynasty. The band’s style is sonically, dreamier than any of the aforementioned, predecessors which I feel in this respect, is a statement-making move and not something I am familiar with coming from this part of the UK. In my opinion, sophomore single “Hope” is the better track of the two, as it showcases a touch, more melody and has a broader expanse in the rhythmic hook and lyrics. Shaun and Julie of the duo further explain – “Hope is a song about chasing your dreams. Envisaging them right in front of you mixed with the struggles and anxieties you have to overcome to get there, with the silver lining being the hope that one day you will. We spent a lot of time travelling between Glasgow and London exploring, opportunities and hustling – writing, recording, meeting lots of new people. Sometimes all that hard work can feel like it’s for nothing, but you keep going, and this song represents our journey so far.”
In December 2016, I was introduced to Amethysts an emerging synth-pop duo hailing from my home County of Suffolk. It occurs to me their sweet and delicate sounds and Love Sick’s soft-focused electronic pop is pretty, much going in the same spellbinding direction. Which is the pure enjoyment evoked of wonderfully, intoxicating and affecting melodies drawing you in the second the blissful, pop magical music begins.