The New Nostalgia – “Ibis Budget”


London-based quartet The New Nostalgia show melodic vigor and swagger on “Ibis Budget,” their first single of 2022. Suave vocals and a grooving bass line build a conversational intro, capturing the surreal day-to-day of “living out of a suitcase in a discount airport hotel.”

A hectic sense of anxiety — “it’s not going well, can’t you tell!?”– drives into an exciting chorus, led by pulsing guitars and stagnated vocals, stylistically reminiscent of Art Brut. A psych-friendly guitar follows thereafter, steadying the amped-up energy before another enjoyable escalation, exuding Brit-pop nostalgia in the wordlessly anthemic vocals. “Ibis Budget” is an excitable, hooky track with a series of gripping structural twists and turns.

The track found inspiration from lead singer Patrick McCallion’s experiences in a budget hotel on the outskirts of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. He explains further:

“I moved to The Netherlands under very chaotic circumstances back in 2017 and spent around two weeks living in a budget hotel near the airport while I tried to find an apartment to rent. It was one of the most surreal, Alan Partridge style experiences of my life and I’ve basically been trying to find a way to get this into a song for the past five years! “Ibis Budget” is a chaotic farce of a track, which is basically the only way you can write about living out of a suitcase in a discount airport hotel!”

The band has upcoming tour dates around the UK and in Amsterdam. Check out their website for more.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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