Brighton’s Thyla mix elements of Blondie and Interpol on electrifying pop hit ‘Pristine Dream’

A delightful rush awaits

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From: Brighton

Sounds like: The new guard breaking down and wilfully incorporating New Wave, Post-Punk, Nu-Romantics into pop for the 21st century.

For fans of: The Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Interpol

Why you’re going to love them: Nothing beats that rush. The sugary, giddy feeling you get when a song completely takes over your world for just four minutes. One listen to Thyla’s ‘Pristine Dream’, and we’re certain you’ll feel it too.

It’s not quite the Brighton four-piece’s debut song, but it is certainly their best. Channelling the New Wave/’80s mechanics of bands like Blondie, and giving it a 21st century makeover by the means of Savages – they’ve crafted a delightful and timeless pop banger that you’ll be humming for days.

‘Ferris Wheels’, meanwhile is a piledriving and twisted take that reeks of Interpol, but has all the energy of ‘90s heroes, Lush. A bold cocktail that we’re so into.

Ferris Wheels

Ferris Wheels, a song by Thyla on Spotify

I will never be your pristine dream” singer Millie Duthie croons on ‘Pristine Dream’ that will speak to the outsider and chance-taker inside of you. “I’ve tied my fate to a piece of string, and it pleases me,” she continues – but to be honest, their future looks pretty rosy from where we’re sitting.

Best track: ‘Pristine Dream’

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