words by sammy maine
Martha Ffion has a way with pop songs that feels authentically sweet. We’ve long been fans of her captivating, dulcet melodies that has seen the Glasgow-based songwriter release a single with Lost Map Records in 2015, an EP with Turnstile back in 2016 and now, her much-anticipated debut album Sunday Best will be arriving via the Welsh label. It’s a journey that has seen Ffion sharpen her skills when it comes to writing captivating, bright pop gems and Sunday Best is perhaps her illustrious blueprint.
Offering a collection of charmingly evocative tracks, Sunday Best follows Ffion through touching tales of finding your way in the world, lost love and attempting to stay optimistic throughout it all. While some context may dabble in melancholy, Ffion’s delivery ensures a hopeful, luminous respite in a world where we can often feel misplaced or bewildered. It’s the glowing melodic sways and the perfected indie-pop structures that makes Sunday Best feel like a blossoming foray into Ffion’s most accomplished work to date. Opener “Missing You” channels her staple, summery vocals and gives a gleaming platform to her talents in welcoming the listener with clever harmonious hooks, before diving into garage-rock strums on second track “Real Love.” These are proper pop songs with a poignant heart.
Ffion observes the world with an affinity that’s hard to come by. She explores universal emotions with a tentative, sympathetic eye and turns these experiences into dazzling pockets of magic. Capturing the reality of crumbling relationships and the disorientating every day, Sunday Best turns them into a relatable, euphoric reprise packed full of memorable sing-a-long choruses that produce an indisputable relief from reality. Ahead of its release later this week, you can dive into the dreamy full album below.
‘Sunday Best’ is released on Friday, via Turnstile
Pre-order it here
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