Top Tracks: Morning Arcade – Cold Shoulders

It’s been a while since I last came across a band that packed so much into their debut single as Cardiff’s Morning Arcade. These Welsh wonders certainly pull no punches with ‘Cold Shoulders’, determined to show the world who they are and what they can do right from the off. With a driving beat and gorgeous hazy melodies forming a strong foundation, the track already does plenty to get you hooked just in the first couple of minutes, before the band decide to kick it up a notch. It’s here that ‘Cold Shoulders’ launches into a searing guitar solo with an expansive overdriven Americana tone that will delight fans of The War On Drugs. Not content merely launching you in the stratosphere, the band close the track by letting you drift away high above the world with some lush and expansive dream pop thrown in for good measure. Morning Arcade certainly don’t rest on their laurels when it comes to lyrics either. Not content to play it safe, the track calls attention to the ever looming threat of environmental disaster and the pervasive indifference holding society back from building a better world. One part late night driving anthem, one part blissful lullaby, and one part defiant call for action; if Morning Arcade can do all that with one song then just imagine what they could do with a full album further down the line.Β