London-based 2-piece For The Ages is unafraid to push genre boundaries and experiment. Composed of Tim Sturt (drums, guitar, keys), and Alex Beckett (vocals, guitar, keys, bass), the duo pulls their influence from both retro psychedelic sounds and indie rock. For The Ages is currently releasing their second single, and Festival Skies is just the kind of dreamy, unifying anthem that we need this summer.
In a world that’s existed without large gatherings of any size for over a year, For The Ages makes it effortless to fall into familiar festival imagery on this single. Opening with a stunning string arrangement and transitioning into a driving indie rock sound, the arrangement has hints of 90s tones alongside its more modern roots. The melodies are sharp and memorable, the riffs are tight – walking the line perfectly between repetitive and catchy – and the vocals are strong, a unique tone that sells the band’s commitment to eccentricity and individual style.
The lyrics, too, are not to be overlooked. The particular line “We come alive, when heaven’s at play” seems to encapsulate the entirety of the song, painting with a single line the electric feeling that runs through a crowd as the headliner takes the stage and the sunset dances on overhead.
Festival Skies is a perfect opener to a summer season that looks much more hopeful than the last, giving life to a fading memory with their clean but soulful pop-rock sound. If the entirety of their debut is music of this caliber, we wouldn’t be surprised to see For The Ages up on one of these festival stages themselves in the not-so-distant future.
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