Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Nothing But Thieves 'Impossible' REVIEW

Impossible, one of the most recent singles released by Southend band Nothing But Thieves in anticipation of their third album Moral Panic, is the polar opposite to much of what has preceded it; there’s more sincerity than snark, it’s a linear, building track as opposed to the fits and starts of Is Everybody Going Crazy? and this rock-ballad track’s production, by

Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Wolf Alice), is a smooth, cathartic breath of fresh air.

The track has signature Nothing But Thieves euphorically sad lyrics, contemplating the wistful feeling of finally finding somebody who helps you get out of your head, when you didn’t think you’d find somebody at all. Sonically, it is expansive, a grown-up sibling to more pop-orientated Sorry from Broken Machine, also produced by Crossey, this track

includes Mason’s cavernous vocals at his strongest, with plenty of his characteristic, seductive falsetto guiding us through the heavy emotions. The track begins slowly, exploding into an exuberant, vast soundscape of a chorus and a gritty instrumental, but has fairly simplistic lyrics - leaving the music to be front and centre. Impossible is enchanting in its minimalism, easily able to compete with the more vibrant singles already released and is bound to be an uplifting, lighter-in-the-air moment on their upcoming 2021 Moral Panic tour, as well as on every love playlist for those who weren’t quite sure if love was going to be for them. 

- Chloe Johnson


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