The Warm

The Warm
See the Sun

The Warm have chosen one of the most appropriate names in musical history, instantly describing their sound like some kind of Ronseal advert. That isn’t to say that there isn’t a certain melancholy in their songs that adds depth to the already appealing summery crunch.

A variety of satisfying melodies and arm-waving chorus lines are used on the three tracks on this record, with a score of one each to a bouncy song, a mid-tempo rocker, and slower ballad.

The bouncy one, ‘See the Sun’, is wisely placed up front to draw you in with indie-pop tendrils before the more emotional tracks appear – introductions first before life-stories! The guitars offer up a series of pleasingly contrasting parts, jangling along with the slightest hint of overdrive. The vocals do a good job with the melody and have enough edge to be recognisable on top.

With a sing-along chorus and bitter-sweet lyrics, ‘Taste You Again’ is a walking pace track with music that cuts back for the verses and builds to hint at the previous track in the chorus. Neatly placed stops in the chorus attract additional attention and a tasty guitar part ends things off.

‘All That You Are’ ends the record with a swaying rhythm and sparkly guitars. With lyrics straight from the heart about crying on your own in the dark, this is a melancholy song about break-ups that few people will struggle to associate with.

This is a rare example of American influenced, but English sounding music. A rock-pop anthemic style similar to the Calling and a crafted instrumental style along the lines of Counting Crows.

If the term indie-rock makes you shudder, then it’s time to come up with a new name for this kind of music – with The Warm as its reference point.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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