Martin Luke Brown unveils new single Opalite, a rousing, upbeat tonic of a follow up to the gorgeousInto Yellow
Martin Luke Brown ~ ‘Opalite’
”gossamer vocal that flies up into the heavens’ Clash — ‘filled with raw emotion’ Indie Shuffle—‘piercing vocals that have just the right amount of grit and smooth soul’ Hilly Dilly
Opalite is London-based Martin Luke Brown’s second single on Manchester indie label LAB Records, and the follow up to the brooding slow-burn of Into Yellow. With marked tastemaker buzz affirmed following previous acclaimed releases, and an ever-expanding fan base, MLB continues to step out into a fresh sound with a growing sense of purpose and control.
Where Into Yellow was built on the deferred satisfaction of its sonic journey, Opalite provides the perfect counter follow-up. Immediate and impactful beats kick the track off, before MLB’s inimitable vocals usher in a concise, hook laden alt-pop gem.
Trading equal nods to Bon Iver, Kanye West and skyscraping arena-indie through its energizing three-and-a-half-minutes, Opalite is an amalgamation of styles anchored by MLB’s imperious charisma, and skillfully delivered by producer Joe Kearns.
Martin elaborates on the songwriting process and themes: “Opalite as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on Opalite. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let it go. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really.”
With a show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters that sold out in double quick time on September 20th lined up, a combined near 10 million streams on Spotify and numerous hot press takes, MLB is set to once again push the boundaries with his latest cut.
Opalite is available to stream and download on all platforms from 15th September.