Track of the Day

TRACK OF THE DAY: Montrell – ‘Friends’

Hello World. Feeling a little depleted? Just in need of an uncomplicated pick-me-up?

Here: listen to this. Brand new and out now, Montrell save the day with their cute little bop of a tune called, ‘Friends‘.

A light, summery kind-of song, it flaunts this airy uncomplicated font – while at the same time also has this nostalgic, Beatles-esque vibe going on. With barely three minutes of song, the track doesn’t allow you to overthink it. It’s just a live, in-the-moment thing.

Yet, you can’t help but notice the little things. Such as the distinct sound of the keyboard at the beginning of ‘Friends’. Lead singer and guitarist, Jonny Taylor reports; “I’d just bought a really basic 1980s Yamaha keyboard from Japan which hopefully gives a sort of childishly plaintive aspect to the intro.” 

In orderly lockdown fashion, each piece of the song was recorded by every band member in their own hideout spaces. Then arranged and brought together by Taylor and drummer Alex Moorse via diverse phone calls. Basically, proving you can also create some good tunes without everyone physically being in one room together.

It’s a track that reflects our current circumstances, with the repetitive line “I’m running out of friends to call…,” oddly making you re-explore and evaluate your friendships at the moment. But maybe that’s already going too deep. One thing’s sure, though, it definitely makes us curious to hear what’s next from Montrell and their social-distancing musical productions.

‘Friends’ is out now – available to Stream/Purchase here.

Find Montrell on Facebook and Instagram.

Marla Geesing
Music writer with a love for honest lyrics – and may have a serious concert addiction. Based in Germany.

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