Exciting and, for me, surprising news, No Rome has released their brand new song ‘Spinning’ this March 4th, as part of a quirky trio with fellow Dirty Hit band The 1975 and pop princess, Charli XCX.
As a long-time fan of The 1975, when I saw the Instagram post of a cartoon Matty Healy in the centre of a trippy orange and yellow arty background, I immediately texted my friend to tell her about the new song. I checked the other artists’ social media and they, too, had the same cool album art.
Produced by No Rome and George Daniel (The 1975 member), the song has a bright and energetic beat, with layers of different funky sounds that create a lively track to brighten up any lockdown blues. The catchy chorus resonated in my head for the rest of the evening after listening to the song a few times (ok, more than a few) and I couldn’t help but hope that the trio would reunite in the future for more musical tracks like this one.
Quirky synths reminded me immediately of some of the older tracks released by The 1975, such as ‘The Sound’. Paired with the instruments and vocals, they accompanied the overall track well.
The track reflects the album art with a unique dance vibe and it will definitely have you humming the tune for days after you listen. Artist Hideyuki Tanaka is responsible for the remarkable artwork and, for me, it fits perfectly with the song’s atmosphere.
Charli’s vocals accompany most of the song, with hints of The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, and I must admit it’s a mix of voices I never had imagined, but I think they work incredibly well. It intrigued me to hear how these two artists’ voices collaborated with each other but, for me, it worked flawlessly.
I used to listen to the 28-year-old singer when I was a teenager, with some of my favourite tracks of hers being ‘Boys’ and ‘Break The Rules’, and I’ve always listened to The 1975. No Rome was an artist I started to listen to more recently, with ‘Stoned in the Valley’ and ‘All Up in My Head’ being my go-to songs. I saw him perform live as a support act for The 1975 back in 2019 and I really enjoyed his energy and music. Working with The 1975 before on ‘Narcissist’, which they performed at their 2019 show, it was clear from then on that they were two acts that gelled together and complimented each other’s musical style.
As I sit at home listening to this refreshing new song, I can’t help but wonder how it would have sounded live. Before the pandemic hit us and staying indoors all the time became a reality, The 1975 were to host a concert in Finsbury Park, London, with Charli XCX as one of the other acts to perform.
Of course, I got tickets straight away and had already started planning outfits and transport for the summery July gig. Excited was an understatement, but this slowly turned to doubt when the coronavirus hit. The concert unfortunately (although rightly so) got cancelled and all tickets were refunded.
Music has really helped me get through the three lockdowns we have had and I have revisited old music that I haven’t listened to in a while. I have explored lots of different genres, as exposed by my Spotify Wrapped (around 300 I think), but I have never strayed from the band.
I was genuinely thrilled to find out that ‘Spinning’ was to be released, especially knowing how talented the three artists are and, for me, it definitely did not disappoint.
The song is available on both Spotify and iTunes.
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