‘Float Away’ is the latest inhibition-stripping garage rock anthem from the Calgary, Alberta based outfit NIKU they formed just before the pandemic hit and discernibly, none of their infectious aural energy was dampened at the time of working on their forthcoming album with the legendary producer, Casey Lewis.
Float Away is the first single released from their upcoming album; I can safely say that I haven’t been as excited by rockabilly guitars since I heard the Brains cover Lovesong by the Cure. The frantic punchy guitar progressions deliver gorgeously rich tones in Float Away while the vocals raucously exude a Jim Jones-style roguish charm. And based on Float Away, If NIKU started a cult, I wouldn’t hesitate in joining it.
NIKU deliver everything that you would want from a breaking luminary alt-rock outfit. The tones are nostalgic, while the energy is a firestorm of optimism despite existential inclination.
Review by Amelia Vandergast