Stereophonics are that kind of bad where if you don’t listen to them for a while you completely forget how good they are. From listening back to 90s classics, or picking up from any of their newer stuff, all the songs have one thing in common: you can really see the effort and love that goes into making every single one. A lot of music these days is over thought, over produced, and tries to fit in with the ‘sound of the moment’, but not for Kelly and the boys; they know what they like and they know how to do it well. New single I Wanna Get Lost With You is no exception, and being the lead single from new album Keep the Village Alive, it gives us a taste of what’s to come.
Thumping drums lead into a recognisable Kelly Jones guitar sound, but it all feels a little quaint compared to what you’d expect from a lead single. This isn’t a bad thing however, as you soon realise the band are trying to show off one of their more melodic and thought-laden tracks. It manages to be both inverted and open, fitting in perfectly with the message of lost love, and maybe the pining for youth and a time of freedom – perhaps apt considering the band are getting on a bit now.
The song beautifully encapsulates this message with biting guitars and perfect melody, and shows of the skilful musicianship with no need to be showy and vibrant. Kelly doesn’t stretch his vocals here as we know he can, but the song doesn’t call for it; instead it reaches for the heartstrings and helps you forget the world by focusing on one feeling, if only for a few minutes.
I Wanna Get Lost With You could be seen as not only the story of love, but also the message Kelly is transmitting directly to the listener, to create a wonderful double-edged sword. This is once again the perfect reminder of just how great this band is.