Single review – Dayflower, Stuck to You

Release date: 2/10/2020

Reviewed by Imogen Cresswell

“I’m stuck to you like glue…”

It is agreeable that indie dream-pop band Dayflower have earned their place in Leicester’s music scene, from their debut album Honeyspun, to their freshest EP release Popping Candy. Once more, they add to their collection another brand new single that is sure to leave a unique dream-like taste upon your musical pallet. Of course, this single is titled Stuck to You and is set to be released on the 2nd of October this year. 

Dayflower are self-proclaimed fans of “reverb-drenched guitars”, and this is very clear in Stuck to You. The gleaming atmosphere that resonates through your head will last the entirety of the track, all whilst layers of synth and effects build up throughout; to maintain this level of intricacy all the way through is something surely to be admired.  It can be a challenge to write music without the synth overloading other elements, however, Dayflower nailed it as the listener can fluidly transition their attention to different sounds and instruments embedded beneath the synth.

Dayflower, along with their long-term friend and collaborator Martha Bean, make you see into the depths of space with their heavenly vocals, well-mixed into the mastered track. There is something about female and male vocals crossing over that absolutely adds texture to a written piece, and Stuck to You has plenty of texture.

A favouring aspect of Stuck to You ‘s instrumental is the subtle electronic, chiptune-esque drums that simply carry not just the rhythm, but the single’s mood too. 

Stuck to You has a very “easy to understand” meaning to it; the lyrics ‘I should have done better’ and ‘I’m stuck to you like glue’ provides an insight to the story that is being told. It is possible the subject of this track has an addiction to a particular person, in which those feelings are not reciprocated. This causes the subject to feel self-critical on how they attempted to maintain a relationship that would not work. This idea rather complements that dream-pop energy within the single, as these fantasy world schematics go hand-in-hand with the music and the meaning.

The details of Stuck to You can be associated with other particular artists, all while maintaining Dayflower’s personal flair. The best way to describe Stuck to You is much like the works of dream-pop duo Beach-House, from their drifting sounds to the travelling synths that render you in a state of ecstasy. The bubbling layers of vocals are relatable to that of MGMT, particularly their song Kids. The presence of many vocals being manipulated differently (e.g. singing, whispering, harmonising, etc), all simultaneously, holds up that misty feeling in which Dayflower professionally executes. Stuck to You, although not exactly repetitive all the way through, shows a high frequency of refrains in their lyrics, that of which can be associated with Chelou’s Halfway to Nowhere. The nature of this technique in music is challenging for an artist to attain for a vast audience, but it is already clear that Dayflower will not have this issue at all. 

For three years Dayflower have committed their efforts into producing Stuck to You, and it is not hard to agree that they are certainly worthy of having this acknowledged. Their efforts are flawless and have ensured to give their listeners a guaranteed, top-notch single. 

Listen to a teaser of Stuck to You here.

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