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Whilst comparisons to Kate Bush and the Talking Heads are well trodden ground when discussing Marple-born Dutch Uncles, new single “Oh Yeah” would not sound out of place on a Thomas Dolby greatest hits collection, and I mean that as a compliment. This is celebratory art-pop at its most honest and endearing.

The song is relentlessly energetic in its pace, 3 minutes of densely layered pop goodness.  For such a tight composition “Oh Yeah” boasts a strong sense of contrast. Stabbing synths and a constantly shifting bass in the verse give way to legato string lines in the chorus. Subtle backing vocals provided by Stealing Sheep and Everything Everything enhance the romanticism of  Duncan Willis’ vocals as they too shift from calm to hill. Bassist and songwriter Robin Richards has crafted a song here that does not allow its listener to sit still and ought to be a sure crowd pleaser for the bands 2017 UK tour and impending album Big Balloon.

“Oh Yeah” is a song built on a positive message. As Willis puts it, “as soon as you are back to emotional zero, BAM! Opportunity knocks….the realisation genuinely carefree times are right there in your palm.”Considering the current state of affairs I think we could all  do with opportunities like that, don’t you?

Words by Daniel Humphrey

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