Only Real–Yesterdays

After dropping single Yesterdays, Niall Galvin, better known as Only Real, started garnering immediate comparisons to Jamie T (and somewhat more surprisingly, King Krule).  It’s an understandable urge given the upbeat, hip hop inspired track, but I’d like to believe Galvin can prove it’s earned in future releases by expanding the depth of his work, something he hinted at through other tracks on debut LP Jerk at the End of the Line.  But if that doesn’t happen, that’s just fine too, considering the Londoner released one of the sunniest singles of last year in Yesterdays.  Taking a heavy cue from Len’s Steal My Sunshine, with touches of Jamie T and Happy Mondays thrown in for good measure, it’s a catchy, buoyant throwback tune with a simple chorus as floaty as they come.  It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s got bouncy charm for miles.


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