Top Tracks: whenyoung – Actor

The new single from this Irish trio is a massive hit just waiting to happen. ‘Actor’ is up there with the best of the likes of Honeyblood, Sunflower Bean and Wolf Alice. Bristling with energy, with a fair deal of fuzz and a driving rhythm it certainly ticks all the right boxes. The bright vocal melodies carry an air of innocence and the big hooks are simply brimming with youthful exuberance. This is no mindless single however, it carries a deeper message. As frontwoman Aoife Power puts it the song “is about contorting your character to fit into a disfigured view of the perfect self in order to belong”. Had this track dropped earlier in the year and had chance to grow and weave it’s magic round my mind it would have been up there with the best songs of the year. If the band have more music like this to offer then they’ll be topping ‘best of the year’ lists in no time.