Afghan Sand Gang - Fast Talk: Review
Words: Dan Thornton
Fresh from the songs premier on BBC Music Introducing, Manchester’s shoegaze psych darlings Afghan Sand Gang drop their new single Fast Talk on 27th of September. Will it follow on from the hype achieved by previous single Envy which was released in March and is the writers personal favourite released track of theirs? Let's take a listen…
The Fast Talk springs to life with a bouncy electronic beat which is complimented perfectly with a cheerful almost vintage video game style sounding bass line. The sonic foundation provided by the aforementioned rhythm section is joined by a melancholy guitar progression, reminiscent of The Smiths, which is provided by Paddy Neville, a perfect counterpoint that works really well.
The band are then joined by swooning vocals while the guitar pulls back, giving the song a sense of space and giving the background synths more of an impact. The song reaches its full heights at the 1:34 mark as the vocals and the guitar play off each other creating a rich and textured soundscape.
In typical Afghan Sand Gang style, Fast Talk is an amalgamation of shoegaze, psych and indie, and with that ever present sense of melancholy the Mosley based Manchester trio capture so well. It is also a song which, whether intentionally or not, is quite radio friendly, clocking in at under 4 minutes: it’s catchy and well produced.
With two EP's released last year on Spotify and another two songs released so far this year hopefully we can expect more music soon from this interesting quintessentially Manchester sounding group.
Check out the Afghan Sand Gang on Spotify: https://sptfy.com/8ViH