Amusement – King of The World (single) (self-released)
Things have taken off rather quickly for Croydon’s Amusement. Forming only 12 months ago as a duo consisting of Andrew Smith and Joe Sigee, Amusement have expanded to include drummer Ulysses Alvarez and bass player Holly Hardy. Together the band have been playing out with the likes of King Krule, and Niki & The Dove, while quickly gaining the support from Radio 1 DJ’s Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, as well as influential magazines/blogs such as NME, The Line Of Best Fit, and RCRD LBL.
The band have also earned the reputation for being quite the remixers too. Sound Advice recently reviewed the incredible remix they did for the Stealing Sheep song “Genevieve” (read review) and in addition they’ve also done remixes for Outfit, Mafia Lights, Theme Park and Disclosure.
Though it’s not an officially released single as such, the band’s latest track “King of the World” is currently being offered as a free download to whet the appetite of listeners before an official release emerges.
From the opening seconds a strong 80’s pop aura is evident while melding together an array of sounds and influences most similar to say, Twin Shadow (who shares a mutual 80’s admiration) with hints of the more atmospheric material of Foals (think “Spanish Sahara”). Vocally, it also calls to mind Foals.
While still up-tempo, if you’ve heard any of Amusement’s remixes you might be surprised by the melancholic undercurrent that echoes throughout the track. Warm and atmospheric synths give the song a dreamy quality however King of the World” is far from being away with the fairies; its hooks are refined and ever strong. Listen out for the Oriental-like melody that sounds throughout the chorus and helps implant the song firmly into the listener’s brain.
Amusement clearly demonstrate that whether they’re remixing another band’s material or their writing own tunes their song smarts are extremely well honed. Another brilliant taste of this exciting new act.
Eagerly and impatiently we await more from Amusement.
“King Of The World” is available for free download via the Amusement Soundcloud page now.
Listen to “King of the World” below: