Mama Said counts Fleetwood Mac and Alanis Morissette as influences, and given the guitars and melodies, it’s not hard to see why.

Despite the nostalgia that some of the band’s sonic palette evokes, there’s a modern-pop edge to the music that makes it unique; the group refers to their sound as “new classic rock,” and it’s a step forward as much as it is a throwback.

The new single “Diamonds & Cigarettes” was produced by Jim McGorman (Goo Goo Dolls, Weezer, Gwen Stefani). It opens with the shimmering note of an 80s synth and the light tap of bass before diving headlong into a retro-classic rock soundscape, and from the outset, one thing is obvious: it’s an earworm.

Amazon music advertising