Going Straight is the latest single from Bristol three piece Candy Darling, and it’s a slow-burning thing that somehow marries swagger and vulnerability into one compelling, reverb-drenched package. It’s instantly relatable, which is a large part of its charm – who hasn’t promised themselves that this is it, that now is the time to make a change? Emily Breeze’s husky vocal carries the song effortlessly and plays well against the distorted guitars and the lyrics are raw and intimate, suffused by regret and optimism in equal measures, making for an intensely engaging listen. Candy Darling wear their proto-punk influences on their sleeve, but the sheer power of their songwriting and keep it sounding fresh and exciting.
The B-side, Waves, is more uptempo, driving along with a kind of dark, urgent glamour. It’s very, very good, commanding the listener’s full attention and drawing them into a smokey, dangerous world of churning guitars and noir-ish menace. It’s the perfect foil for the earnestness of Going Straight, and a strong song in its own right – and it’s only the B-side. Following the success of their previous single, Money, these two songs further establish Candy Darling as a creative force to be reckoned with, and a band to watch.
Going Straight is due for release on May 24th.