“Summer. Is. Here.”


Birmingham based quartet Riscas have just released their new single Cool To Chill With. This review could easily be three words long: Summer. Is. Here. But alas, that is not the Visceral way.

The new single is what we expect from tropical indie rockers George Maycock, Tom Barker, Ephraim Dodd, and Harry Rogers, but it feels a lot more mature and polished. The band have said that they wanted to “explore a new direction” with this new release. Whilst not a massive departure from their earlier stuff like Dance and Talk To Your Mind, it is certainly a welcome ray of warmth in these dreary days, and Cool To Chill With does exactly what it says on the tin.

Imagine, in a post-quarantine dreamland, you and your best mates are sat in the park, the evening sun setting, tinnies in hand. Cool To Chill With is the only song you’ll want playing from your portable speaker.

Sweet surfy guitars sway over a melodic bass line, and rich harmonic vocals from Maycock complete the picture. The addition of the brass swelling over the chorus adds another layer of warmth and a bit of a blues and soul element, which would make even the coldest heart yearn for summer. This is an exciting move for Riscas and showcases the upped production value on this track.

Having already supported the likes of The Night Café and Pale Waves, Riscas will definitely be making an impression in 2020. If we ever get released in time for a summer, expect to see these guys packing out fields across the country with singalong choruses and easy on the ears rhythms. The only risk is that they end up getting lost in the crowd of indie-pop being released at the minute and simply become a throwaway track on another “Indie Summer’ Spotify playlist. Hopefully Riscas can distance themselves from the pack, and Cool To Chill With is certainly a jazzy step in the right direction.


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