New Artist: Pushing Hands

Indie pop is not what it was in the mid-noughties hey day of excitable teenagers, alcopops in hand, at Reading Festival. While the Vaccines may be seen as saviours in an autotune-dominated industry, Pushing Hands could well be leading an alternative resurgence. They don’t have much in the way of online material but what they do offer shows a variety of sounds. He’s Still Here caught our eyes the most, with delicate finger-plucking and Freddie Webb’s gentle voice instantly recalling Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees) and Jack Steadman (Bombay Bicycle Club). This is charming music which shouldn’t be held back by genre name-calling and subcultures of yesteryear. It’s okay to be indie.

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