SINGLE REVIEW: Love Is Here To Stay by The Lighthearts
After getting their first taste of success in 2015 when Sony crowned them winners of the Westfield Sound Search competition The Lighthearts went on to play alongside some of the most successful acts in the country including Cat Empire, Guy Sebastian, Birds of Tokyo, Ash Grunwald and The Beautiful Girls. The band then went on to release their debut EP. The record contained the hits Hold Back the Sun, Your Man and All That I Want.
There were nationwide tours to support the EP after which the band took a short break to write and record, the result of which is this new single Love Is Here To Stay. Produced by ARIA-nominated producer Stuart Stuart (Sheppard, The Veronicas), Love Is Here To Stay is a hook-laden song, an uplifting ode to optimism and a serious dose of great musical fun. The Lighthearts are brimming with energy and spark and this instantly infectious tune will not only encourage sing-alongs but compel the listener to get on their feet. It’s an uplifting and dynamic piece of folk-pop that’s sure to make the radio playlists all over the country. It begins with a lively acoustic guitar feel and proceeds straight into the narrative-style lyric. Jack’s vocal performance is passionate and amiable and splendidly augmented by some brilliant vocal harmonies and rousing playing from the rest of the band. The style is a blend of the organic with the kinetic with just a few quirky characteristics in the mix also. It’s a country folk-pop genre reminiscent of The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men and Mumford & Sons. The chorus is melodically strong with the verses and pre-chorus parts all adding to the overall power of the song. There’s an unashamedly joyful sensibility about the band and their sound with the vocals providing the perfect balance between earnestness and reverence.
There’s a lot to like about Love Is Here To Stay and no doubt this will be confirmed when the song saturates the airwaves and creates an online buzz.
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