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Listen: Brighton’s Ideal Living Share Double Single ‘Roam’/’OFD’

Brighton’s Ideal Living have shared their double single ‘Roam/OFD’ courtesy of Crafting Room Recordings following a year of support slots with Egyptian Blue, The New Eves and more. 

Produced by Bobby Smiles at Brighton’s Electric Studios, the two tracks explore, through the lens of modernism, the heavily intertwined themes of urbanisation and loneliness. 

Billy Marsh (frontman and founder of the band) added: “‘Roam’ came about at the tailend of Covid, when I’d fallen out with my previous project and was going on lots of walks. My feelings at that time were mingling with my observations of the countryside around Brighton, how it’s being eaten away at, and how these beautiful landscapes are changing. ‘OFD’ or ‘Old Forgotten Days’ reflects on relationships with once close friends ending on bitter terms, channelling all the anger, the annoyance, and the regret.”

Blending together the brooding Gothicism of Have A Nice Life and steeley vocals of Opus Kink, ‘OFD’ is a gut-wrenching, desperate shot into the smoke-filled darkness. Brass sections flow into ghoulish orchestral overloads accompanied by folk acapellas inspired by the likes of Tom Waits. Another of Ideal Living’s luminaries, Nick Cave, has undoubtedly inspired the band’s love for brooding, melodramatic narratives; ‘Roam’ is a modern, musical take on Blake’s ‘London’, filled with howling cries for the pastoral amidst a growing concrete jungle.   

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