By The Sea - You're The Only One


Having honed a wistful blend of melodicism on their 2012 debut LP, By The Sea bring us their new video for ‘You’re The Only One’, taken from second album Endless Days Crystal Sky. It offers a dreamy insight into the Wirral quintet’s world, and it’s our track of the day.

In typical ‘escapist pop’ fashion, the video captures pensive looking lead-singer, Liam Power, cycling along the seafront, and sighing as he rides desolate fairground rides. A perhaps predictable setting, but the haze-laden, jangle guitars conjure up undeniable joy, reminiscent of The Pastels at their most poignant. The video’s karaoke style accompaniment is a jovial touch, emphasizing lyrical themes of faded youth and nostalgia.

“Oh save my hands, from chasing what’s out of reach.” croons a self-deprecating Power, utilising characteristic, soft vocal tones that sit eloquently on a bed of cathartic pop sounds. With Bill Ryder Jones once again behind the production, the tracks offers neat, understated reverb that almost transports you to a windy day on the Wirral.

At a petite two and a half minutes, it rings to a close with a strikingly haunting organ sound. With unashamed Northern charm, ‘You’re The Only One’ is a blissful dose of melancholy-pop that sounds effortlessly refined.  

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Joe Martin