Danish soul quartet LISS are just coming out of their teens (the oldest is 20), making this last summer gone their first outside of education. The summer after I left sixth form, I celebrated by trying to visit every branch of That’s Entertainment in West Yorkshire before the bus drivers caught on that my student pass had expired. Fortunately, LISS seem to have made more efficient use of their time, securing a record deal and releasing two fascinating singles, Always and Try, over their Soundcloud.
Considering that LISS were formed from four separate bands, it’s remarkable how well they work together in these first singles. I’ve listened to Always and Try on loop an evening and a morning now, a stretch for any song, and I’m still not quite sick of them. Both tracks have qualities that etch themselves deeper into your head with each fresh listen – the flicker of the drums on Always, the electric wails in the background of Try, and singer Søren Holm’s delivery on both, which stretches and pauses in all the right places without sounding laboured over. These are songs that I want to memorise.
Next week LISS will play their first three UK shows, and I’d recommend catching them while they’re still cheap. Listen to their singles below: