SINGLE REVIEW: Lucky Iris – ‘blowing kisses’


I don’t know about you but when July comes around, bringing the heat of Summer, my thoughts turn to pop. And, you know me by now don’t you, that pop has to be perfect.

‘blowing kisses’ has ticked that Summer checklist for me. This isn’t, as you might have thought, an irresistible shake your stuff sort of track, but something that makes you sway in a happy way, want to hum or sing along. If I was reaching for a music reviewer cliche, the one to reach for is hook laden; one listen and it’s there in your head. The tune is so earwormy.The delicate breathy vocals shimmer over a dreamy ethereal wash of sounds. And you’d expect those sounds to be so-so beautifully crafted – it’s a Luck Iris trademark – and they are.

There is something wistful, something with an edge of longing in the sound that reflects the song’s subject. I’ll let the band explain ‘I overheard someone say; ‘a crush is just a lack of information’, and I just couldn’t get that out of my head – but I refuse to see a crush as just that because it just takes all the fun out of it, doesn’t it?! ‘blowing kisses’ is about having a crush. It’s about that point where it turns into something more, because unlike that stranger implied, the more information you learn about your crush, the more you end up falling for them. It’s about hanging on every word they say, being out and only being able to see them. And when they say your name, that feeling you get each time, it’s like the first time anyone has ever said your name… I guess it’s an ‘if you know you know’
feeling… if you do you’ll understand and if not, know it’s a precious song about being desperate to know what that other person is thinking’.

So yes, the sound is pop but it’s pop music about something, something real, with words that resonate, words that come from actual life.

Lucky Iris make pop with depth, pop that’s crafted into something special. And with ‘blowing kisses’ they’ve made a beautiful classic pop song that’s just right for the Summer and, of course, for ever after.

The info

The song is taken from their eagerly awaited upcoming EP ‘maybe i’m too much’ (out August 11th).

Formed during lockdown, the pair have rapidly gained momentum, receiving taste maker press (Louder Than War, Punk News, God Is In The TV, Gigwise), radio plays from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing Live Sessions and support from Amazing Radio as well as landing a number of Spotify and Apple Music editorial playlists, the Premier League Official Playlist and Soccer AM’s ‘ones to watch’ playlist.

The duo started performing live in September 2021, which has seen them touring cities such as Leeds, London, Liverpool and many in between supporting the likes of: Stealing Sheep, Real Lies and the Lottery Winners, as well as appearing on festival lineups including Live At Leeds, Long Division, 110 Above and most recently The Great Escape.

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