SINGLE REVIEW: Cumbrian foursome FLYNT spark a flame for the future with smooth indie-pop track ‘L.O.V.E.’


It’s a long way from West Cumbria to Maida Vale Studios, both literally and figuratively, but indie-pop four-piece FLYNT seem to have made the journey in no time flat. Within just a couple of years together, the band have scored themselves a slot on the line-up for Radio 1’s virtual Big Weekend 2020 as well as bagging a position on BBC Introducing’s prestigious ‘Ones To Watch 2020’ list, culminating in their Maida Vale session. Now, after working with Rob Whiteley, a man who has produced albums with the likes of The Wombats and The Night Café, their debut EP is slated for release this year and it feels as though they are on the cusp of becoming something big. If their new single ‘L.O.V.E.’ is anything to go by, that feeling may be more than just a hunch.

“…it feels as though they are on the cusp of becoming something big.”

With a pared-down opening, the vocals of lead singers, Brad Kavanagh and Emma Dockeray, interplay with a call-and-response of sweet sentimentality; it plays out like The XX soundtracking a Richard Curtis film. A zippy bass and a few finger-snaps later, the track gains momentum and leads to a mellow chorus with harmonies that soothe you into a smile. The song rises to its most anthemic in its bridge as punchy guitar strums give way to a singular slinky synth. In essence, ‘L.O.V.E.’ is a single with solid toplines aplenty that place it in the realm of Fickle Friends or even The 1975 circa their self-titled debut.

“…the track gains momentum and leads to a mellow chorus with the sort of harmonies that soothe you into a smile.”

The talent of writing a solid song with broad appeal is a useful one to acquire early in your musical career, and FLYNT have done just that. As they gain the confidence to explore their sound, it will be fascinating to see the burgeoning band experiment and push the boundaries of genre. But, for now, we can enjoy this perfectly pleasant sliver of indie-pop while eagerly waiting for the things to come.

7/10       

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Words: Alex Gibbon @al_gibbon