Dayflower have clearly spent the last few years refining their sound, and the result is the excellent Neverfriend/Seeing Up single.

Few bands evoke the shoegaze ethos as perfectly as the band do here – Neverfriend tricks slightly with its almost dub drum intro, but breaks out into washes of reverberating guitars and ethereal melodies that even My Bloody Valentine would be proud of. Every bit of honey-dripped distortion sounds mixed to perfection and the outro is a wonderful chiming comedown.

Seeing Up feels like a nod to Johnny Marr with a mixture of chiming arpeggios and razor-edge distortion. It builds as the track goes on with Ola Szmidt’s vocals lending a choir-like quality to proceedings and nicely bubbling synth work thickening out the sound.

In short, both of these songs are lush as fuck, and Dayflower are a band bursting with a new confidence. They are highly refined and ready to take on the world.

Neverfriend / Seeing Up is released on September 9th through Edils Recordings.

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Dan Wallbank has been floating around the Leicester comedy scene for five years and the music scene for ten. He's the founder of Comedy and Cocktails at Manhattan34, host of the Firebug Pop Quiz and creator of Instant Nostalgia, the podcast that reviews itself.

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