Fickle Friends - 'Broken Sleep'


If there was ever a band absolutely perfect for festival slots, it’s Brighton’s Fickle Friends; after packing out numerous tents and outdoor stages with their sun-bleached synth pop this summer, the quintet are determined not to let festival season end with the release of ‘Broken Sleep’, the title track of their upcoming EP.

Released on their own freshly made record label Palmeira Music, Broken Sleep is a slice of eighties-influenced, pop perfection that could slot nicely into the discographies of more mainstream icons such as Dua Lipa and Years & Years. Markedly heavier on electronics than even their prior synth-laden work, the single sounds suited to not only live settings but club environments too; it evokes the same feelings listeners may get at a beach rave.

Whilst ‘Broken Sleep’ is certainly a deviation from Fickle Friends’ debut, it definitely retains a lot of the musical flairs the band have become known for. It details deep infatuation in a relatable, appealing manner much like the bulk of Shiner’s lyrics, and contains a bassline-heavy bridge with a huge hit of funk – definitely what Fickle Friends do best. ‘Broken Sleep’ fuses retro sounding disco beats with a more modern trop-pop sound, and it’s certainly something that would be appreciated both by indie fans and pop fans alike.

Words by Ellie Rogerson 

Fickle Friends are on tour this October, catch them at the following dates - 

18/10 SWX, Bristol
19/10 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
20/10 Cambridge, Junction
22/10 The Level, Nottingham
25/10 Northumbria Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
26/10 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham