From Cookstown to Berlin, via Seoul. That’s the route Northern Irish songwriter Maggie Devlin has taken on her way to new project Party Fears. Lying somewhere in the realm of pop and rock is first single ‘Spoiled Fruit’.
Previously of Seoul bands New Blue Death and Baekma, Devlin’s move to Berlin alongside fellow Baekma bandmate Eilis Frawley has coincided with the launch of Party Fears. Where Baekma was eclectic, loud and proud, drawing in as many genres as possible, there’s a more chilled air about the first release from Party Fears.
With undeniable 90s pop-rock influence, by the time ‘Spoiled Fruit’ hits the chorus the track is perfect laid-back radio fare. A tale of love and lust in the city, the track has glimmering indie-rock charm by the bucketload with Devlin’s punk tinged Northern Irish vocals, a reliably simple yet catchy guitar riff and backing vocals that help build the track up to a big flourish in the second half.
Recorded and mixed in Seoul’s Union Studios, the track’s personality and production is matched by a suitably DIY-style video shot by Mark Lentz that says goodbye to Seoul. Party Fears’ debut release, ‘Spoiled Fruit’, is an incredibly endearing, radio-friendly piece of pop-rock.
‘Spoiled Fruit’ is available as a free download through Bandcamp below.