Words: Ellie Ward
Hampshire's dreamy alt-pop exponents Drug Store Romeos have revealed their latest single, ‘Jim, Let’s Play’.
Produced by George Murphy and mixed by Ali Chant (Soccer Mommy, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius), the track - highlighted by lightly twinkling instrumentals and Sarah Downey's caressing voice - is an homage to cult Boston songwriter The Space Lady, whose otherworldly Casio-led pop has captured the imagination of generation upon generation of underground musicians since her emergence in the ‘70s.
“We were improvising with the cut-up method in my bedroom when, all at once the words ‘Jim’ and ’Lets play’ jumped out of the cut out word sheet onto a melody that caught it in the air," explains Downey.
"The Space Lady fans would be pleased to hear the lady herself approves this message (we sent her the song and she gave it the go-ahead!). At the time of writing we were all in awe with her Greatest Hits album. She greatly influenced our evolving sound and we felt it right to leave a little thank you to her in one of our songs.”