Introducing: Little Daylight
|Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel|
Fans of Scandinavian pop will find a lot to love in Little Daylight. They’re one of the few bands that manage to capture the bittersweet atmospheres that embellish pop with a little more class than the bulk of throwaway attempts, as exemplified on their current release ‘Tunnel Vision’. They’re far from clones though – whilst ‘Overdose’ has a Niki and the Dove flavour to it’s chorus thanks to the immense tribal drumming, ‘Restart’ takes things down an entirely different avenue. That one is a swift punch of keyboard-soaked, summery rock. Meanwhile, ‘Glitter and Gold’ is, well, a bit of both. So I suppose their genre would be Scandinavian-styled-electro-summery-pop-rock. You can see why these bands aren’t keen on labels, can’t you?
One thing I always admire is a strong ability to craft and shape without killing a song from over-editing and emotionless production; Little Daylight have a knack for keeping that human feel that is so often sacrificed in favour of swooping instrumentals and slick melodies. But hey! Look! They have those too. The pop sensibility of ‘Overdose’, through to the gentle saunter of ‘Name In Lights’ – from start to finish, the EP is electronic pop done exceptionally well and acts as an invigorating introduction into a promising career. Just imagine them becoming even better at being brilliant. Exciting.
Vocalist Nikki perfectly categorizes the bands vibe in her explanation of why the trio chose their name, ‘we responded to the idea of Little Daylight being something kinda cute and whimsical but can be kinda dark and serious’. The material is largely catchy and instant on the surface, not too tricky to get your ears around. A lot of indie-crossover acts manage this clever trick – you want to appeal to the musos with your enlightening lyrical ability and subtle electro whirls, but the mass market are looking for a good hook and Little Daylight aren’t afraid to lead with a big chorus. That’s why these guys are worthy of a listen, because soon they’ll be on everybody’s lips and it’s always nice to know what the big wigs are talking about, isn’t it?
Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel
Words: Simon McMurdo