The definition of a pop song is becoming as loose as possible, but every so often a track will come along and remind you that those kind of boundaries are, at best, completely useless. Out of nowhere, World Tour have popped up, their stadium rock name at odds with the beauty of their warm, personal sound. From the opening bars of their song ‘Sparks’, you can tell that they’re from somewhere in Scandinavia, though it only takes a couple of moments more before you can pin it down to Sweden, and by that time you’re too deep in to care.
This, it must be noted, is described as a ‘demo’ – possibly an in-joke or catty aside at the quality of the work of their peers, as it is rare you find even the most prestine of pop songs with such a lush finish and such masterfully executed production. This is a song to make you ache, the kind of thing to play over a Super 8, the song you wanted played as you die in your lovers arms at the end of a long, happy, fulfilling life. Almost in a heartbeat, they’ve been snatched up, with Cascine doing the honourable thing and committing this band to vinyl or cassette or CD or something that you can have sit in your home and make you happy.
World Tour – Sparks (demo) [download]
And the video is just wonderful too, unsurprisingly