“Is there any better way to waste time than to put it in a jar and hold on? This is dedicated to eternity and, if you’d like to spend that time with me, then i’m here to stay always, always, always…”
And so kicks off the charming, retro-funk allure of Always, the latest release from Favored Nations who are setting the scene for their incoming debut studio album The Great Unknown before it comes out on 18 September.
The trio, made up of singer Morgan Phelan, Surhan Sidhu (bass player with Empire of the Sun) and Adelaide-based producer James Curd, premiered this LP taster last month so I’ve been caught somewhat on the backfoot but it’s definitely worth investing three and a half minutes of your time on.
Because, if shifting tempos, funky, groove-inducing guitar licks and nostalgic west coast vibes are your thing, then you’ll find a lot to like about this sunny number which ticks all those boxes and more thanks to Phelan’s effortlessly charismatic vocal – if it were it a look, it would be delivered with a knowing wink, that’s for sure.
Always follows the release of the band’s best-known hit to date, The Setup, which will also feature on Favored Nations upcoming eighteen-song strong full lengther. Check it out below.