Now that bands like Idles have proved to us dumb Americans that Bristol has more than trip-hop to offer the world, we’re eager to drink in all the music the English city has to offer. The latest to catch our ears and attention is Make Friends, whose new single “Drop Naked” is a sun-lit fit of progressive indie-pop that has us dreaming of the warmer days ahead. The infectious track recalls the brightest from the likes of Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, and we’d likely be shouting things like “Song of the summer!” had this bouncy tune not been unveiled at the tail end of January.
Of course, the lyrical content is a bit at odds with the track’s rather sunny demeanor. So you’ll find your standard winter darkness in the voices coming out of your speaker. “The lyrics center around themes of being emotionally unfaithful, maybe there’s someone who catches your eye and you attempt to pursue something even when you know it’s wrong and unfair,” Make Friends note. “We wanted the music to sound uplifting in strong contrast to the darker subject matter.”
However you approach it, “Drop Naked” is this week’s musical cure for these winter blues. Make Friends are set to release their debut EP this spring, and we can hardly wait to hear what’s next.