Teenage turbulence meets old-before-time wisdom in a waterfall of luminescent melody as whip smart indie treasures, The Lathums, release new single, Oh My Love. The first new music of the year from the BBC Sound Poll 2021 shortlisters arrives, snapping at the heels of their biggest ever live show announcements, in a cerebral, line-a-second, spring shower of iridescent, poetic pop that, like many of the best things in life, is over all too soon.

Incomparable and unassailable, the unassuming, poetic masters of jangle-ska-whatever-it’s-called from the overlooked outskirts of Greater Manchester last week announced they would take to the stages of Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse, Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town as part of an expanded and upgraded, 21-date headline UK Tour this autumn and winter. Oh My Love is the serotonin hit to prove just how they’ve got there.

Fizzing with the rare creative friction that sets off sparks of glowing inspiration, singer and songwriter, Alex Moore’s profound lyrics, written in the long shadow of personal loss, are roused by the chiming tangle of multi-instrumentalist, Scott Concepcion’s celestial guitar and piano lines. Written in and for the times when life’s storm clouds gather, Oh My Love is one in a succession of songs that poured from bookish Moore’s heart as a prodigious 16-year-old, finding sense in music when the world had failed to make any sense at all.

Moore says of the track: “The opening line: ‘your face seems to have sunken, in the event of my demise’ starts a back and forth with someone who is no longer with us, talking from above. Moving on, lines like ‘time is weak and demanding of me’ are a concession to the fact that life moves on, it’s too short and there’s no need to hang on to negativity. It’s upbeat and happy, a complete juxtaposition to the starting point for the song when I was a hurting teenager.”

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