Kashmere – Anaesthesia
Released via Scruff of the Neck Records on 26th October 2018.
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Since forming in the Stockport suburb of Poynton back in 2015, Kashmere have been straddling the fine line between effervescent synth pop and brooding indie rock, never straying too far either side, and carving out a niche in which they alone occupy.
Formed by Joey Newey (vocals/guitar) and Andy Law (drums) as well as Charlie Cole (lead guitar) and bassist Freddie Hughes, it was the band’s 2016 debut single ‘Blow Your Mind’ that catapulted the four-piece in to the limelight, ultimately paving the way for the success that followed.
Success that included a litany of well received releases, festival appearances and high profile support slots, not to mention a Chinese tour earlier this year in support of their infectious and, fittingly addictive recent single ‘Codeine’, a track which has found solid playlisting support in the form of The Indie List, Hot New Bands and New Music Friday, while also being featured in Fred Perry stores across the UK, a partnership which also saw the band open the brand’s Nite Tripper range at their flagship Manchester store.
Coming quickly off the back of ‘Codeine’, ‘Anaesthesia’ falls effortlessly into the Kashmere canon; retro synth sounds combine effortlessly with contemporary composition to create a track that, while borrowing from classic ‘80s nostalgia, never once feels anything less than fresh and contemporary.
While ‘Codeine’ harboured a stronger emphasis on poppier aspects however, ‘Anaesthesia’ manages to offset its inherent pop nature through a darker, more encompassing chorus than its predecessor; a rich musicality pulsing through the track’s heart earmarking the track as the next stage in Kashmere’s inevitable ascent to the top of their game.