As most of us here in the UK have been lucky to experience the unseasonally warm weather, although it feels like summer has arrived, we must pinch ourselves and remember the thermometer melting temperatures we’ve been enjoying, isn’t likely to stay around for too long. Even if the constantly changeable weather goes back to being a Debbie downer again, we can cheer ourselves up with something that evokes a summery feeling. It just so happens one of my favourite Manchester bands Tonica have a new track out “California“, which is suitably buoyant to lift our mood and keeps those sun-soaked, carefree vibes going strong.
It’s fair to say of Tonica and previous band incarnation Girl Friend, the style in which the music resonates, has always been to add a glint of a darker tone into the mix. “California” with its golden state inclinations allows, Tonica to venture into fresh territory with a pop sensibility where the sound is bright, and the delivery is Amory’s usual style of dreamy. But there are always two sides to a story, and this is also true of Tonica who factor in some of their inimitable broodily confident lyricism.
What is even more exciting for electronic pop geeks to know about the release, is that the track was written and recorded with Joe Cross who you’ll immediately remember as the chap who helped develop brilliant electronic bands Hurts and The Sound Of Arrows. The adventurous results of the collaboration speak for themselves in the highly addictive, melodic and savvy rhythmic crafting of this technicoloured synth-pop anthem which will invariably keep interest in the newcomers running high.