A trait that a lot of artists rely on for a rapid connection with the listener is a sense of nostalgia, and Glasgow-hailing alt-fourpiece Sister John has that in droves with their contemplative and transformative second effort of the year, "In My Place".
Centred around the bold songwriting of frontwoman Amanda McKeown, the vintage flair of the band's multi-instrumentalist talents mesmerically coalesces to reinforce her eye for truly timeless songwriting. Imbuing a wholly immortal sound that's undoubtedly disinterested in trend-hopping gimmicks to garner attention, the clear passion for their craft is bordering on insurmountable and only reinforced by each thought-provoking release that grows into an album driven narrative.
Speaking of albums, this is an appetite-whetting taste of their forthcoming third project, I Am By Day, set to supersede the impact of their impressive, self-titled sophomore album.
Returning to the point on nostalgia, both the track and video open like a walk down memory lane. The eloquent aesthetic softly rests on their inspirations, no doubt even garnering a sense of familiarity to listeners with tastes that are disconnected from this style of music. Wistful guitar licks apply dutiful wanderlust, bringing dusty memories to the surface through both melody and lyricism. Despite the melancholic tone that "In My Place" delivers, the pacing and rhythm also urges an upbeat hopefulness, and with the catchy chorus masterfully encapsulating that heartwarming and self-affirming sense of duality.
With a taste of what's to come leaving thirsting for more, perhaps you might want to delve into their illustrious back catalogue, but the story continues with I Am By Day, landing July 30th.
"In My Place" is available now via Last Night From Glasgow.