Single Review – Fickle Friends – Vanilla 

Fickle Friends are proving to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to sharp alt pop. In Vanilla, Natassja Shiner deliberates a slump in a relationship to a truly delicious pick-and-mix of electronica – swimming synths, organ fx and reverberating guitars – all driven by subtle percussion and the pleading voice of Shiner. The track oscillates with instrumentalism, coming to its most climatic at the chorus, and its sheerest when Shiner is at her most sincere. It adds a level of movement and emotion to a track that is superficially another pop hit mastered by Fickle Friends. Look out for this lot.

Eleanor Chivers