Whistlejacket – Mr Melon

Today’s selection for the title of Far Out’s Track of the Day is an anthemic piece of shoegaze by London five-piece Whistlejacket.

‘Mr Melon’ is the final song to have been unveiled before the band unleash their debut self-titled EP on November 24th. The release will be limited to just 100 cassettes, making this woozy combination of blissed-out distortion and driving riffage something of a collector’s item.

A melting pot of fuzzy production and warm songwriting is all anchored on a vocal hook by frontman George Matheou that tips its hat to Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid. In fact, this effort could probably have sat proudly alongside any of Psycho Candy’s finest moments.

The single is the result of weeks of isolation the band spent locked away in their subterranean rehearsal-room-cum-makeshift-venue in the the heart of the capital.

As well as recording, there have been impromptu performances that caught on like wildfire, with the band having been first spotted on the live stage opening for the likes of Yuck and The Orwells.

But don’t just take our word for it, Whistlejacket will be hosting an EP launch within the prestigious surroundings of the Scotch of St James in Westminster on November 20th. Attendees will also be able to get their hands on copies of the cassettes four days before they hit general sale.

If you’re unlucky enough not to be able to make it, however, simply sit back and enjoy this swirling piece of guitar pop.

Patrick Davies

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