Free Love is the latest manifestation from Scottish live disco outfit Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, formerly known as Happy Meals the pair progress their utopian dance pop experiments under a new name. Having released on Glasgow’s most beloved underground imprints – Optimo and Night School Records – the duo are set to release their new single, the jubilant new wave-flecked oddity “Synchronicity” this May 16th.
Brimming with exploratory wonder, “Synchronicity” is a cerebral pop song about breaking from the binds of culturally dictated self-limitation coupled with the vertigo of freedom, in the analog, post-punk and sultry synth-pop vein of Stereolab and Marie Davidson. Having just performed at London’s Test Pressing festival and Manchester’s Sounds From The Other City, the band are set to bring their distinct sound to Brighton’s Great Escape festival this weekend, with additional performances at Gottwood, Lovebox, Bestival and more across the summer. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting live acts of 2018.
Since forming in 2014 at Glasgow’s legendary musical hub The Green Door Studio (the birthplace of other acclaimed DIY acts like Golden Teacher, Total Leatherette and more), the duo have been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year for their 2015 LP ‘Apèro’, toured across Europe in support of Liars and The Flaming Lips, and played festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore.
With a trippy-eyed clarity and confidence that only bodes well for the future, Free Love will continue their musical evolution throughout 2018 with more new music to be shared and live shows to be announced.