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27: HUSHTONES are back with a case of DEJA VU...

If you've been an avid fan of Local & Live Media for a while, you'd know that we are absolute SUCKERS for a Hushtones tune. The home-town favourites are back with another shimmery indie-pop track entitled 'Deja Vu', and from start to finish, it's jam-packed with everything we know and love about the Liverpool-based band, as well as some added extras.


With years of studio and live experience weaved into their music, Hushtones continue to evolve and develop their music, their latest release being no exception. Submerged in endlessly-stacked harmonies, spiralling chorus guitars and contagious chorus melodies, 'Deja Vu' is an immersive track of wonder and mystique. Any Liverpool music lover would feel the familiar hug of Martha, Mick, Caitlin, Joe and Abe when listening to this uplifting single, their nostalgic sound being a key member to their local scene - and their fanbase has only grown further afield with everything the band has been up to in 2023. From the dreamy chord progressions to endless echoing synths, this latest single is a perfect depiction of where Hushtones are at with their music - effortlessly transporting from planet to planet to blend genre and style into an all-embracing sense of community. Written around past memories and supernatural dreams, 'Deja Vu' is an escape from the modern-day world we live in, offering up a parallel universe of weird and wonderful sounds where everyone is welcome.

'I hear an echo from a past life in my mind... a message from the stars that shine'

Starting off with Martha's undeniable vocals to set the scene, 'Deja Vu' paints a world of enigma and recollections, paired with pop-infused melodies to get you humming along after a singular listen. After ripples of fascination in the verse, the track deep-dives head first into swirls of bright colours, stage lights and smoke screens with waves of euphoric arpeggiators and reverb-drenched guitars, the chorus and bridge highlighting the extent at which Hushtones use their blending vocals to create washes of haze and tranquility. To emphasise the psychedelic feel even further, the track came with a part-animated music video reminiscent of The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine, a respected nod to their local heroes that shape the scenes' music today.

After their full-length album of 'Greetings from the Other Side' in 2021, their latest releases of 'Stranger', 'I'm Not Sorry', and now 'Deja Vu' show that the band are far from being done yet - we have only chipped the surface of that they have to offer musically. From being BBC Introducing favourites, to selling out countless shows and gaining radio play from Radio 6 and Radio 1, the Hushtones planet is a permanent holiday destination that everyone wants to embark on, so don't miss out on the trip of a lifetime in Hushtones' extensive discography.


Listen to 'Deja Vu' here, and be sure to add it to all of your playlists (it's definitely on ours!).

by Meg Shaw, Local & Live Media

Review No. 27

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