Born Blonde – I Just Wanna Be (Single Review)

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West Londoner’s five piece band Born Blonde new single ‘I Just Wanna Be’ will be released on July 16th via Moriarty The Cat Records.

The song is surprisingly catchy. By the second time I was listening to it I found myself singing along “I just want to be, oh I just want to be”

The single is accompanied by a video, which was directed by Oliver Hadlee Pearch and Born Blonde’s bassist Josh Lloyd-Waston.

Fitting the tracks space-rock sounds and lyrical themes of escapism perfectly, the video shows an astronaut wandering the streets of London. The focus of the video is the astronaut and it seems that everything else is floating by him. It’s not however what I expected. I was surprised to see such movement in the video but now I cant imagine it to be any different. It’s strange how you associate sound with images and Born Blonde have done a fantastic job.

Following the critically acclaimed ‘Solar’ and ‘Radio Bliss’ singles last year, ‘I Just Wanna Be’ is an absorbing space-rock anthem, where shimmering soundscapes meet disorientating histrionics. A blissful taste of what’s to come from their debut album set for release later this year.

Instantly engaging, with lyrical depth, the track features the bands trademark sub bass organ pedals, taking in their rich influences of 60s psychedelia, late 80s and early 90s shoegaze, channeled through a progressive 21st century outlook.

Lyrically, the track is one of the most introspective for singer Arthur Delaney, who says: “The best songs are written in a sort of meditation, like you’re running on a different neuron path in your head somewhere between speaking and dreaming.  I was in those channels for this one.”

With clear vision and endless creativity, Born Blonde have confidently forged their own identity and have developed an immersive live show which is as captivating as their recorded material. See them play live at the following shows in June and July:

15th June- Clublad-Purple Turtle London, N1

20th June -Fierce Panda’s Bamboozled Night – The Bull and Gate, London, NW5

4th July- Single launch party – Shacklewell Arms London, E8

10th July- Power Lunches, London, E8

11th July- Death Disco- Notting Hill Arts Club, London, W10

13th July- Amersham Arms, London, SE14

‘I Just Wanna Be’ will be available on July 16th as a digital download via iTunes, Bandcamp and also on CD with new b-side track ‘Dreamland’, a Desert Mix and Extended version.

Teral Atilan

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