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Koalas - Sandcastles



Low Four Records

Released: 14th September 2018 | 2 track electropop single

Synth-pop band Koalas return with their most upbeat track yet, Sandcastles is a post-summer anthem that serves as a metaphor for what the Manchester duo of Samuel Jones and Rachel Waters might do come the final countdown.

Sam explains... Sandcastles started out as a reaction to a particularly bleak news day, I remember looking at the headlines all lined up and it felt like everything was just unravelling in real time. The song is about that disconnect between how normal every day life feels in comparison to the surreal, disturbing world events going on around us that push the doomsday clock ever closer to midnight. The track combines these two dissonant feelings; on the surface the joy and introspection of a summer getaway that operates as a metaphor for what we might do in our final hours in the event of a nuclear warning.

With Manchester's lurching music scene currently knee-deep in DIY guitar bands, Koalas take influence from more electronic artists such as Boards of Canada and Caribou, combined with 80's pop of Eurythmics and Bronski Beat. The band are part of a new vanguard of artists to come out of the new Mancunian music epicentre, the Low Four studio and record label, based in the historic Old Granada Studios in the city centre and working with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin, Francis Lung).

"Deftly accomplished electronic pop"
Robin Murray, Clash Music
"80s inspired noises and great voices... which is what made me keep coming back"
Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music
"It’s one of those tracks that immediately grabs hold of you"
Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
"... gorgeously subtle pop harmonies"
Phil Young, Goldflake Paint