Crack in the Road

Big shout out to When The Gramophone Rings for spotting this one, else it might have just sat in my ever-more crowded inbox.

Describing his main influence as [listening to] ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’ on repeat endlessly as I farmed for experience points on Final Fantasy VIII’ , Edinburgh resident Stefan Noon’s debut track Riverine flaunts these proudly: the woozy, dreamy pop of Slowdive and the carefully constructed (yet accessible) orchestration of Nobuo Uematsu (FYI, the FF8 soundtrack was his best work. Don’t argue).

But it’s his vocals that really grab your attention, hinting towards a younger, less-tormented Jamie Stewart; a comparison even more audible on follow up track Signals.

This is carefully constructed, recorded and produced music that you need to hear.

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