The way Tom Misch plays, writes, creates and performs, gives me butterflies throughout my entire body. I feel the familiar buzz of angst that I used to feel as a 16 year old entering her first party with members of the actual opposite sex, Smirnoff ice and menthol cigarettes safely in hand. His piano playing, his lyrics, his subtlety make me feel as if I’m about to embark on the best first date in history. His talent feels like opening a door to a new world where I certainly don’t belong but where I want to be. His imagery conjures up a space in my brain where I’m alert to how cool I am not and how cool his music is. It makes me feel totally isolated yet totally involved.
Slow Thai is so naughty. He embodies the classic British Phenomenon of a ‘cheeky chappy’. His sly smile and playful eyes make you think that he would have got away with anything at school - always one step ahead of the system. His songs are as loud and as in your face as he is. He screams and shouts and makes a riot and amongst all that he portrays a brilliant analysis on the structures of society. He sets a energising example – he shows the world that mistakes can be made, being quiet isn’t always to be admired and despite the cliché, that being is yourself is far more refreshing than fitting into the wrong mould.
In my opinion IDER are the epitome of British artistic youth. Meeting and bonding at University, selling out shows whilst living above and working in the same pub. During the pandemic so many artists have been recording and creating from similar locations, garages, basements and even their parents homes. The normality of this duo helps execute their authenticity which comes across so greatly in their songs. My personal favourite from their Emotional Education album is ‘You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead Of You Baby’. If you ever want to feel uncomfortably nostalgic about your own youthful experience, stick this on and allow these girls to perfectly articulate the confusions of being in your 20s.