‘a buoyantly bright banger that simply demands a smile.’

Some of you may remember Somebody’s Child from our 10/10 review of his last single, Jungle. Or, hopefully, you’ve taken our words to heart and fallen in love with his music yourself. Either way, his new offering is superb. Love That Sound is, in essence, incredibly uplifting. It’s wholesome. Rather than relying on sheer, emotive power, as with many of his other singles, this new offering is… something new. It’s soulful; a buoyantly bright banger that simply demands a smile. 

‘It’s a song that exists simply to be enjoyed’. 

Refreshingly, rather than pain or heartbreak, Love That Sound reflects a new, optimistic outlook; like a ray of sunshine breaking through a blind. The instruments are light; they meld together into one stream of crystal clear happiness, under Cian’s raspy vocals, which remain as prominent and strong as ever. It’s simply nice to hear them in a happier capacity — it feels like you can genuinely feeling the joy in his voice as he sings about time spent with loved ones, in a haze of heavenly halcyon. It’s a song you can dance to, sing to, laugh to and cry to. It’s a song that exists simply to be enjoyed.

‘Somebody’s Child is finally getting the recognition that he deserves’.

It comes as a pleasant surprise to have Cian release his fifth single to usher in the new decade — one wonders where he found the time! With a sold out headline show at Dublin’s The Grand Social coming up — his biggest to date — and support slots past and present with the likes of Kodaline, Primal Scream, Kaiser Chiefs, Inhaler and The Coronas, Somebody’s Child is finally getting the recognition he deserves; brilliant news for his growing legions of fans. Plus, it means we can see him live more often!
It would be a lie to say that Love That Sound is Cian’s best release to date, if only because that would discredit the sheer brilliance of both Toes and Jungle, released last year. Saying that, though, takes away from how the song makes you feel. It’s happy, it makes you happy, and sometimes that’s all you need.

8/10

Out Now.

Words: James O’Sullivan @jsully2510

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