Article by KevW
Had Little White Things emerged five years ago then they'd be wallowing in press coverage right now. Does that mean they sound dated? No, not at all. In fact, the indie/alt-pop they make feels thoroughly up-to-date, but it comes from a similar place to bands like MGMT and Empire Of The Sun, both of whom were enjoying chart success back then but have fallen off the radar a little now tastes have shifted. The London duo of David Behan & Max Bergstrom do follow in their footsteps though, and 'Step Back' is a first outing that's not to be sniffed at.
The song itself could have been interpreted in many different ways, as its construction is reasonably conventional, it's the production that makes it stand-out. There is a big pop feel to 'Step Back', but it's not overly commercial, preferring to brush past psychedelia and dreampop instead, and do so with no small amount of grandeur and attention to detail. Booming drums, twinkling synths and a soaring set of "oohs" and "aahs" take this to new heights. Had this been the comeback single for either of the aforementioned groups it would be seen as a striking return to form (if perhaps a little too poppy for MGMT) and would likely be on heavy rotation on national radio now, which is exactly what it deserves, and don't be surprised if it happens soon.
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