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FRESH: ‘Breathe/City’ – Sports Almanac

Sports Almanac release double A sider “Breathe”/”City”


Brighton band Sports Almanac release their brand new double A sider today. Two brand new songs for the price of one! “Breathe In” and “Don’t You Wanna See (Bright Lights In The City)?”.

Both songs are gorgeous, summery classic that could easily have been released thirty years ago in the wake of Britpop, but with a refreshing 2021 twist and an air of freshness about them.

Sports Almanac debuted in 2019 with “Play Racing” and followed that last year with “Ciren” and a remix of “Play Racing” with DogClub. With “Breathe” and “City”, the trio, lead by singer Fraser, have really upped their game to produced two really great songs that should do well live and also in building on their so far, limited fanbase. Having been together and performing for ten years, Sports Almanac have grown and matured together to be able to compose and produce superb Britpop tunes like these two.

The band regularly featured on the Brighton gigging scene, before the pandemic but put the brakes on live music, setting up base in their Wandsworth studio, they self recorded and mixed their new double A sider in 2020. “Breathe In” presents a nostalgic and hopeful outlook on a relationship that has run its course. Written during the first lockdown whilst missing those close to them, the song serves as a reminder that things will get better.

The second track, “Don’t You Wanna See (Bright Lights In The City)”, is a comment on American politics, centred around the class divide and obsession with consumerism. The boys say “This track marks a change in sound and production for us that we’re really excited about. We can’t wait to get back out playing the new tunes and share more music we’ll be releasing later this year!”. We can’t wait…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!