UK-based indie rock group The Pretty Visitors have released their third single Western Skies. Straight out of East Cote Studios in London, Western Skies is a ’90s-style ballad showered in rhythm guitars that morphs the tediousness of young adulthood with the excitement of a classic rock tune.

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With the warmth of a lounge room jam session, the track dives straight into the chorus holding back no secrets. Guitars shower down against a simple off-time rock beat, delivering a real punch while staying true to the rawness of production. The verses are spoken, crossing the likes of Courtney Barnett and Arctic Monkeys.

With elements of Oasis, Blur and even a touch of Gin Blossoms, the song combines angst and liberation to capture a nostalgic snapshot of the ’90s.

The lyrics are a slightly tongue-in-cheek attack on the plight of the average 20-something as they navigate the trivial problems that come with finding their way in life. There’s also a hint of the frustrating monotony that comes with living in a small town, or just simply being sick of the city you’re stuck in.

The song developed from a place of frustration and helplessness in the small towns where we live. I had an uneventful day and felt like I was walking around in something like ‘The Village Green Preservation Society’ and felt the need to write about small town life along with being late twenties and not knowing what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. As with everyone’s place they grew up in, it’s a love/hate relationship, and I think this song articulates that, along with nuanced details that you can only notice about a place that you have so many memories attached to.

Connor Reid

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