Thursday, October 22, 2020

Romy - 'Lifetime' Single Review

After a three-year hiatus from her band's - The xx - I See You Tour (which I attended Manchester Apollo on March 6 2017; photos arriving soon!), Romy Madley-Croft has returned to the music scene after many teasers of her newfound solo work.

Furthermore returning with 90's-inspired Lifetime, this is a certified club-style bop. Not that I even go clubbing, but this is the song which references that era; Let Me Be Your Fantasy springs to mind whenever I listen to this.

However, there are also influences from The xx, particularly in terms of production by fellow band member Jamie xx, a collaborative force in Romy's previous solo works such as his classic Loud Places.

As well as a new album in the works, there are many hopes for the future of Romy's solo work; are there any further collaborations with Jamie, and other artists Romy is friends with (I'm hopeful for a collaboration with fellow Londoner and alternative singer Florence Welch in particular).

Lyrically reflective and forward-thinking, this new track by Romy is a refreshing addition to this year's selection against the 80's-themed-and-inspired hits of the year; Future Nostalgia and After Hours being the main creations of this new trend. - Lou James

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