BAY. – “With You”
A music writer—as in, someone who writes about new music all the time as part of an addictive, strangely fulfilling relationship—needs to be able to prioritise what’s good and what’s holy crap amazing. Instead of instantly reacting to the emergence of a new track, or the discovery of a band who sound vaguely promising, it’s best to just hold off, wait on things, listen to a specific song minus distraction before deciding to tell as many people as possible about it all.
But even if you set yourself all of these rules, it’s nigh on impossible not to go all knee-jerk excitable for BAY. Not only do they live a good 20 minutes away from me (residing in Croydon, South London), they make music that’s just a little cut above the rest. It channels so many bands at once, so many bright, glowing ideas that’ve become staples of some of our most prized contemporary acts, but which, at the same time, haven’t been combined like this before.
“With You”‘s cheesy brass, loved-up lyrics and plain fun vocal interchange a la Metronomy makes for one of my favourite songs of the year so far. It’s led to me throwing aside any self-enforced rules and just going publicly insane over this one specific song. Believe me when I say it’s the sound of a band that ought to define the next 12 months.