TRACK REVIEW: Tobias and the Lion – Lovestruckyouthtoo | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Referring to himself as a “cheap skate musician”, Tobias And The Lion deals alternative indie bedroom-pop that immediately sounds like a 2020s update of Cleaners From Venus with its gloriously poppy ambition on a budget. To the artist, Lovestruckyouthtoo is about “love, empathy and writing songs for yourself”, brilliantly reflected in the heart-on-sleeve lyricism crammed into the cavalcade of sound.

I absolutely adore the small touches here: the acoustic guitar sounds like it was recorded underwater, the pitch-shifted distorted vocals providing that sense of unease, and the phenomenal vocal performance from Tobias. It’s a brilliant reminder that a song needn’t be polished into oblivion in a studio to reach its full potential. Fantastic.

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