Given the hype that accompanied the release of Netflix series ‘I’m With The Band’, chronicling the first ‘season’ of the Charli XCX-handpicked Nasty Cherry’s career, it came as a surprise how sporadically new music followed. Releasing just one EP a year since, the aptly titled ‘Season 1’ and ‘Season 2’ presented the band as they were portrayed by the streaming giant: a work in progress. There were glimmers of pop brilliance - the rousing ‘Win’, the synth-pop of ‘Better Run’, and the sultry vibes of‘What Do You Like In Me’ - but with ‘The Movie’, a title that seemingly recognises the need to go big, Nasty Cherry finally sound the band they were hyped to be.
Following early promises of an energetic blend of outright pop and grittier instrumentation, ‘The Movie’ parts ways with the faux-punk of ‘Season 1’ and the shoehorning of Charli XCX’s signature sound on ‘Season 2’, instead fully embracing the nostalgic alt-pop that had previously only flirted with the surface. ‘What’s The Deal’ injects synth-heavy melody with a complimentary guitar solo or two. Lead single ‘Lucky’ allows space for snarling vocals, building to an unashamedly fun climax, and ‘Six Six Six’ thrives on a scuzzy, distorted riff. The somewhat awkward Hollywood sheen of before has gone, with ‘The Movie’ unfolding like the product of its actual parts – four artists with vastly different yet cohesive experiences and tastes. It’s like everything that has come before was just the pilot, and now it’s time for the real show.
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