Review: Sailor & I – Tough Love

Hailing from Swedish shores, Sailor & I bring sombre pop fruits for our ears in the guise of new single Tough Love, a four minute stringed gem that will guarantee to leave even the hardest of hearts in a state of melancholy.

Having dropped their previously used guitars and keyboards for a predominantly stringed arrangement, they are starting to show a strong musical adeptness that was hinted at with 2010’s debut EP John Franklin. The result of their efforts falls favorably into the company of mood builders The XX and Zola Jesus but – somewhat expectantly given their origins – with the accuracy and directness of pop mainstays Blur and, even further back in time, Talk Talk. With the full EP release looking to be set back due to a ‘groundswell of major labels sniffing around’, Tough Love looks set to pay great dividends for the Swedes and provide us listeners with much more melancholic daydreams.

Words: Ben Clark