A debut single has a lot riding on it. It’s the first impression that sets the tone for what listeners can expect from an artist with each subsequent release. It’s hard for me to imagine the pressure of having to live up to your own expectations while surpassing those of potential new fans. That’s why Ivy Eye’s first official song – “Peace of Mind” blew me away with its addictive confidence and ability to channel unadulterated joy.
Its upbeat sound was a response to a world that’s “going through ‘the age of anxiety'” as the UK pop duo described the track. Influenced by artists such as Chic, George Benson and Daft Punk, the group’s sound actually reminds me a lot of half•alive – a mix of indie pop, funk and jazz that really feels like Ivy Eye went into the studio with the sole intention of having a blast.
And boy, this song is infectious. The glistering guitars are a groovy backdrop that supplements Ivy Eye’s more (hard to hear) vocals. It’s a track where the instrumentals are as crucial to the song’s success as the vocals – giving us a banger that keep listeners on their toes, both literally and figuratively.
It’s an incredible first impression and I honestly can’t wait for the duo to give us more.