What’s changed since Fickle Friends released their Top 10 debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’ in 2018? In short: everything. They’ve experienced a tumultuous time, but the band have emerged all the stronger for it, with a bold evolution in their sound and a new-found creative independence. It’s all reflected in their upcoming EP ‘Weird Years (Season 1)’, which will be released on January 15th via Cooking Vinyl. Fickle Friends today preview the EP by sharing the lead single ‘What A Time’. Watch the video HERE.
“This EP is the weird story of the last three years of our lives,” says frontwoman Natti Shiner. “It covers everything from waking up and feeling horrendous, to being stuck in lockdown and feeling anxious, to being heartbroken. There’s a lot in there that I think people will relate to.”‘
The first single ‘What A Time’ is the perfect introduction to the new project, inspired by 80s synth-pop, it merges alt-pop, dance and indie into an uplifting rush of energy which feels somewhere between Mura Masa and the Fickle Friends that fans have come to love. That buoyant vibe contrasts the darkness of its lyrics, with the hook “what a time to be alive” inspired by the ironic Covid-era catchphrase.
“‘What A Time’ is an anthem for escapism,” Shiner explains. “With everything that has happened over the last six months, everyone has needed a little time away from the outside world. It’s felt like the world is going to shit, but you need to take some time out for yourself. Shut your bedroom door, turn your music up and dance around the room.”
‘What A Time’ is released alongside a video that the band filmed and edited themselves – one of the many creative aspects that they’ve learned during lockdown. Armed with some cameras, they headed into Brighton after dark to capture the feeling of being outside for the first time in months. The result is a video which reflects our shared experiences of recent months – the surreal feeling of stepping back into daily life after being cocooned away for so long.