Indie-pop offerings which effortlessly capture the hazy bliss of youth
Following a string of single releases tipped by key tastemaker names including DIY and Atwood Magazine, Aylesbury-based alt-pop newcomer Boy! Racer today unveils his anticipated debut EP ‘Cutting Corners’ & the brand new single, ‘If That’s Not Love’.
Taking notes from the likes of Her’s, Blood Orange and Porches, Conor Richards has become familiar with creating relaxed indie-pop offerings which effortlessly capture the hazy bliss of youth.
Following the debut singles, ‘People Walk In Circles’ and ‘Don’t Know What You’re Missing’, new cut ‘If That’s Not Love’ finds Richards at his most candid. The sentimental new ballad finds him pondering the reality of relationships via shimmering synth-arpeggios and breezy guitar licks.
The track is taken from Boy! Racer’s debut EP, ‘Cutting Corners’ – released today. Serving as an introduction to Richard’s impactful sound, the EP’s four tracks meld seamlessly into each, whisking the listener away to a world of Richards’ very own volition.
“The repetition of life in lockdown over the past year made me reflect on the rhythm of my own life, and the people around me, before all of this happened,” tells Richards. “What I came to realise is that ultimately, your life is what you make it. If what you want is to change, only one person can make that happen.
‘Cutting Corners’ is, for me, a perfect introduction to Boy! Racer. I was really keen when developing this project to release a body of work early on – not just singles – to give people something to get their teeth into and really get a feel for what my music is about. Each song differs just slightly in style, in feeling, but I feel like they really represent the different facets of my sound nicely. Hopefully, people enjoy it as much as I did writing it.”
Dripping in electronic, upbeat ambience – the EP’s four tracks begin with debut single ‘People Walk In Circles’ – effortlessly capturing the mundane of daily life via looping melodies and diligent drum beats combined to create an endless, mind-melting soundscape. Following is ‘‘Don’t Know What You’re Missing’, which contains bursts of synths and an infectious drumbeat reminiscent of hazy summer evenings, where the mood is high, and the morning is miles away.
Ending the EP on a high is ‘Aquarius / I Need You’, a club inspired anthem which utilises guitar licks and pumping drum beats to create a track you can’t help but dance to. Each track is distinctive in style, but still manages to be interconnected; a testament to Richards’ ability to create.