Simple-but-effective Brit Rock influenced singer songwriter
The legendary Fly record label has been responsible for releasing top singles from some of the industry's most exciting artists, from the classic T.Rex hits 'Ride A White Swan', 'Hot Love' and 'Get It On', to records from Procol Harum, Joan Armatrading and The Move. June this year saw Fly re-launched and regenerated with the release of Rick Oliver's debut single, 'Could It Be Bad'. After the success of his debut, Oliver is back with the new track, 'Recurring Song'.
'Recurring Song' opens with Oliver's unpretentious lazy drawl over chugging guitars, before blossoming into a breezy, radio-friendly chorus, with a catchy, simplistic melody that owes more than a nod to the laid back Brit-Rock stylings of Blur and Oasis. 'Man of the Year' continues in the same vein, though this time with a little more punch in its abrupt intro as dirty electric guitar lurks behind Oliver's more prominent vocals. The final track (an instrumental version of forthcoming album track 'Love Is Cruel') continues to chug along in Oliver's laid-back manner and once again feels reminiscent of the characteristic Brit Rock sound of Blur, Oasis and Supergrass.
Also deserving of a mention is the single's fantastic packaging; 'Recurring Song' is the latest of a series of special edition CD singles dressed up as 7" records (in this case impersonating yellow vinyl) - a must for any collectors out there.
Having been championed by XFM Rick Oliver has already proved that he has an ear for a catchy chorus and has got the art of writing simple-but-effective three-minute wonders down to a tee. Whilst there's nothing particularly different or original here, 'Recurring Song' will surely slot nicely into a multitude of radio play lists.