Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Scottish Duo return with their second single, ‘Never Saw It Coming’

One of the best things about creating music is the incredible collaborations that can take place.

Poster Paints is a Glaswegian duo formed during lockdown, fusing together two magnificent talents and making new music in the new normal.  The duo features Carla J Easton from TeenCanteen on vocals and Simon Liddell from Frightened Rabbits/Olympic Swimmers on guitar.

The pair met through Carla’s work with The Vaselines. 

Poster Paints have just released ‘Never Saw It Coming’. This is their second single together and follows their debut single, 'Number 1' which was released earlier this year, which received extensive play from Marc Riley via BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, and BBC Radio Scotland.

Never Saw It Coming’ is an ethereal track that talks about the themes of love. Carla’s lilting and melodic voice, complete with a Glaswegian twang, will have you utterly transfixed. The soft backing vocals suit Carla’s 90s indie-pop twinged vocals perfectly. The vocals are complete with a shimmering, shoegazing guitar from Liddell and a soft, simple drumbeat in the background which ties up the instrumentals. 

When you close your eyes and listen to this track, it transports you to a completely different place and has you reminiscing over better days. I can imagine this single being featured on a soundtrack for an upcoming indie movie, where the protagonist is having its ‘Main Character' moment. 

Never Saw It Coming’ reminds me of tracks by bands such as The Sundays and Mazzy Star, but also more recent artists like Cigarettes After Sex. It is clear that this style is clearly as old as time but also there is no sign of it ever going out of style. The combination is quite literally timeless. It makes me believe that Poster Paints should have already been around for a very long time. Listening to the track almost makes me feel nostalgic, and has me longing for the past. 

Rosie Morrison


Image: Kat Gollock

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