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SOTW: Hopes by Maple Moths

Childhood summer holidays will always hold a particularly evocative place in my heart. The distant sound of whining lawnmowers floating on the breeze; the dim light seeping through the curtains late into the evening; the longing for it to never end.

There's a moment approximately ten seconds into this track, where poignancy and nostalgia meet in perfect ecstasy, and instantly cast me back to those now rose-tinted summers. Slowly, ponderously, a bass line quivers with anticipation before being joined by tumbling drums, organ and a languid electric guitar blurred with dreamy effects.

There is a beautiful simplicity to the song writing; this is music that doesn't try too hard to impress, and in doing so, only ends up more impressive. A little background reading reveals why: the artist, bedroom musician Maple Moths, confesses to only casually recording these tracks as a fun pastime. This is reflected in the uncomplicated, heart-on-sleeve lyrics, "One day I'll leave this town/Never look back around/I want you, I want this/Let me see what I can do".

Stylistically it borrows from like-minded Aussie psych-rockers Pond, and is descended from the paranoid 60's psychedelia of Donovan's Season of the Witch. By no means is this a total reinvention of the genre, but a neat contribution nonetheless, a dream-pop feather in its rainbow cap.

Rather indulgently, a haphazard, keening solo fills the second half of the song. Then, much like the sun-drenched summer months slipping through your fingers, it fades away as suddenly as it started, leaving you blinking as you return from your reverie.

Every Wednesday, one of our young contributors picks a Song of the Week; a piece of music that has meant something to them in the past seven days. Get in touch if you have a track to tell us about.,

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