Track 1. Listen Up!
Track 2. Lonesome Beauty
Merchandise are returning with another slice of pure pop gold.
Hot on the heels of last yearís much praised single Sometimes, and offering another tantalising taste of their forthcoming album For the Masses, Listen Up! is so life affirming the band had no choice but to stick an exclamation mark after the title.
While Listen Up! may be a tale of heartbreak and emotional torment, it is told against a sparkling musical backdrop Ė a tune more infectious than a winter flu pandemic and a pounding beat which sounds like itís just punched its way out of a Wigan Casino all-nighter.
This acoustic guitar driven two and a half minute gem showcases the electronic production techniques and pop songwriting that have become Brad B Wood and Conrad Astleyís trademark, while pointing to the energy of the bandís live shows which include John A Stewart on bass and Matt Maher on drums.
At its heart is the irresistible refrain: ďAll Iíve ever really wanted is a girl to make me shout, Hey lads now listen up Ė this is what lifeís about!Ē
B-side Lonesome Beauty, meanwhile, shows yet another side to the bandís musical vision, with gentle bossa nova and worn velvet vocals giving way to a blistering chorus, sly drum samples, and a bassline more groovy than anything heard since Chic were last in the house.
With both tunes, Merchandise have produced the perfect antidote to winterís greys and blues, and have once again produced a familiar, yet unique cocktail of charming, disarming and seductive music.
So go on, treat yourself to a taste of Merchandise.