I’ve never liked the saying “less is more”. I mean, seriously, what’s that about? Will I really benefit from having fewer chips with my sandwich or a shorter summer holiday? I always assumed it was the cynical quote of a penny-pinching politician, not a potential ethos for musical artists, but the more I think about it the idea sits firmly in the latter. Just take young Londoner Tom Vek’s latest single, 'I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes': three minutes of straightforward drumming, tinny guitar, and non-sensical lyrics comprises one of the most infectiously exciting singles you’ll hear this year.
Stripped of all frivolities, the song focuses around a simple guitar-drum tandem that drives the song while Vek crows and shouts along for the ride. With a little electronic conditioning to keep things clean, 'I Ain’t Saying My Goodbyes' basks itself in the genius of its basic composition, and invites you to do so too.
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