Single review by KevW
It's nice that a band admit to having "cryptic lyrics", because there are thousands of tracks out there whose meaning is essentially a matter of guesswork. So just what 'Never Closer' is about as a whole isn't quite clear, but it's not total gobbledygook either. In fact, if I were to offer a personal opinion, then Firestations have written a song that's about a relationship that's somewhat unsettled, leaving the vocalist in a state of limbo. As for the verses, well these are possibly from the Syd Barrett school of lyricism, and that is to say that they are open to interpretation and mildly psychedelic with it.
Really this style of writing is the perfect match for the Londoner's upbeat, dreamworld take on indiepop. The song floats gently by in a manner that's simultaneously subtle and engaging. Perhaps its the ringing guitars or the fact that the vocals are rarely allowed to pause or slow down. Pushed back in the mix are simple electronic beats which further enhance the unearthly quality. It may clock in at under three minutes, but for that brief period of time, you are taken out of whatever situation you happen to find yourself and placed in another world where it's forever twilight and you're permanently in that state between being asleep and being awake, and we all know that's a magical place to be.
Catch them live:
11th - 14th July - Indiefjord (a festival next to a fjord near Alesund, Norway)
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