Writing a memorable lyric is not easy. Just think how much generic schlock you sing along to in the course of a day.
Then consider lines like “Bless my cotton socks, I’m in the news“, “I would go out tonight but I haven’t got a stitch to wear“, or “And a hundred lonely housewives clutch empty milk bottles to their hearts” – classics all. And I’m pretty sure you’ll have your own, newer favourites than my Eighties touchstones.
So props to The Daylight’s Jacob Chandler for penning the gem that is “You’re Etch-a-Sketched into my mind” as part of the lyrics to the band’s third single release, ‘The Echo.’ It rings out as a signal of an imaginative, creative soul, combining nostalgia and, honestly, a little weirdness.
The song itself is another positive step forward for the South East London/Brighton two-piece which comprises the aforementioned singer/guitarist Jacob and drummer Alex Probert-Jones.
There’s a lovely sparkle and shimmer about this song which starts like it’s going to be one kind of track with a bass and drum intro that hints at offbeat indie jangle, but then goes all dreamily breathy and understated.
It’s one of those tracks, too, that seems to end before you realise you’ve been listening for more than three minutes meaning you want to put it back to the start and play it again.
Admirably, the single also comes on a very limited cassette with an extra track that only buyers can get. Physical releases. You can’t beat them.
‘The Echo’ is out now – available to Stream/Purchase here.