The Liverpudlian-Irish singer-songwriter Matt McManamon set the bar plateau-high with his critically acclaimed debut LP, Scally Folk, after breaking away from his band, The Dead 60s, but he transcended it all the same with his latest single, Circles in the Sky.
The everyman’s folk raconteur took the inspiration for his latest single from a trite positivity post found online and spun lyrical gold from the sentiment which was an attestation to how fear, failure and inspiration will always be components of the same formula. The consoling compassion which equally emanates from the assuredly steady guitar chords and his tender vocal timbre also goes a fair way in proving the chaos in life won’t always make it easy for you to succeed – perseverance is the trick.
If you can’t get enough of the psych-tinted alt-90s nostalgia in Circles in the Sky, you won’t have long to wait until your next retro indie-folk fix; the single was the first to drop from the illustrious artist’s upcoming EP, Seventy-Two Hours.
Or you can always delve into The Dead 60s discography; with Matt McManamon at the helm, the band toured with Morrissey, Kasabian, and their Deltasonic label mates The Coral when they weren’t playing Glasto and appearing on Top of the Pops.
Circles in the Sky dropped on September 29; stream it on Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast