My mum was always miserable in the 80s. The nation was getting shafted by the Tories, everyone was wearing dungarees and fossil fuels were dead expensive. Yes, history does have a habit of repeating itself. This is especially true in the world of music, and the octogenarian decade is a clear influence for the latest EP by dream popsters, Colleagues. The release acts almost as an homage to the Roland Juno-60, with huge synth swells, arpeggios and stabs permeating the dense soundscapes.
Jam-packed with thunderous toms and lush vocal hooks, the insistent nostalgia is enough to make a coal miner weep — but the sharp production and sense of scope brings it firmly back to the here and now.
Stream Colleagues on Spotify right here.