This time last year, we introduced you the London-based artist The Pink Nostalgia (aka Joseph James) with the enigmatic single ‘Radio Silence’. We were initially drawn in by the artist’s gorgeous singing voice and keen ear for delicate alt-electro compositions, and fortunately we have another track that meets every expectation. That latest single, ‘Space & Time’, is another a bright and upbeat production that showcases the artist’s ability to juxtapose weighty subtext with light, catchy melodies
Although delicate in textures, ‘Space & Time’ is a more maximalist pop offering from The Pink Nostalgia, one that represents the major life event of moving from adolescence to adulthood, as well as coming to better understand one’s sexuality. This transformative experience comes through the song’s vibrant lyrics that strike the balance between candid and reflective, including the central refrain, “in my mind I didn’t realise, all I need is space and time”.
The production is clean and crisp, with a driving drum beat and layered synth lines that build to an anthemic chorus. James’ vocals are emotive and confident, delivering the lyrics with a sense of self-assuredness. The track’s infectious energy and catchy hooks make it an instant earworm that’s sure to get stuck in your head.
Here Joseph James provides more insight into this personal pop bop: “‘Space & Time’, is pure Indie Pop. To me, it’s like a polaroid of where I am now – an upbeat yet candid and reflective song looking back at my life, and loving who I am now. I was listening to, and was inspired mainly by The Japanese House, and really upbeat The 1975 songs, like ‘Happiness’ & ‘The Sound’, which I wrote and recorded in my home studio. My upcoming EP discusses the growing pains you experience as you transition from child to adult and coming to terms with your sexuality, and to me, this song is the perfect epilogue to that chapter; the final song in a six song story.”
With relatable lyrics, infectious melodies and expert production, ‘Space & Time’ is an impressive release that cements The Pink Nostalgia‘s status as a rising star in the British indie-pop scene. Be sure to keep an ear out for the upcoming Youth & Observation EP.
You can also listen to ‘Space & Time’ in our Shades of Pop playlist.
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