Sky Above, Grass Below: Warm Nights From Fuzzy Sun
We’d very much like to tell you, if we may, a little about five piece Fuzzy Sun, but first, let’s go back a smidge. Things could not be going any better for the infectious Indie Popsters Blossoms and all of their successes. If you know a thing or two about them, then you might have noticed that they are proudly from Stockport, and it’s this Greater Manchester town where they decided to set up their label last year, christening it Very Clever Records. It’s historically known that the good folk of Manchester champion each other, especially in the music world, which is exactly what Very Clever embraces. When starting, Blossoms worked tirelessly to get noticed and ultimately signed, so it transpired that the overall goal of Clever was to be a positive platform to get quality, unheard work exposed.
The first signing was pals Fuzzy Sun comprising of frontman Kyle Ross, George Fitzgibbon on keyboards and backing vocals, Raffaele Pani on guitar, bassist Lewis Jobson and finally Mitch Bancroft on drums. These native Stopfordians are relatively early on in their career but seem to be travelling down the same road to glory as their chums. Two years ago, debut EP Want Love was released. Then the very same year came the next EP Warm Summer/Cold Morning, both were greatly received. 2020 has seen the release of double A-side single Pretty People / Gentleman’s Touch, which earned them a spot in Spotify’s Hot New Bands playlist.
April 8th saw their second single release of the year in Warm Nights. Expressing a lost love and the desire for one more chance, this tuneful track can be best described as silky smooth and easy on the ear but is in no way shape or form dull. The up-tempo, spangly beat and keys add to the overall poppy atmosphere where tight harmonies play their part in adding to the whole melodic feel. B side contains Don’t Play The Fool, which is an interesting little number where we are greeted with a more acoustic vibe and a nice treat with different singing tones leading the way. It’s pretty with their trademark harmonies we're accustomed to, and intriguingly nearly half the song is an instrumental with the keys and guitar taking the reins. Starting softly, it builds then falls, taking us back to vocals to end.
Both songs certainly live up to Fuzzy Sun’s name, stirring up images of a hazy, summer’s evening, birds tweeting, feet entwined in the soft, luscious grass. We’ll be hearing more from this lot, we’re sure. Supporting Inhaler and Blossoms and achieving their headline tour, including a stop at Manchester Academy 2, was all in the pipeline, and it won’t be too long until we can allow their Californian vibes wash over us in the future.
Article by Beverley Knight