As Katie Harkin’s vocals, reminiscent of Ida Maria meets Bjork, burst through your speakers at the start of ‘Beeline’, over guitars that make it impossible for your body not to react, it is clear that Sky Larkin are onto a winning formula.
Made up of two men and one girl, the Leeds three-piece has attributes similar to their label mates Those Dancing Days and Los Campensinos! with their charismatic female lead vocalist, simplified lyrics and demanding guitar chords.
The new single ‘Beeline’ embodies all the above characteristics and is the perfect taster for what their new album ‘The Golden Spike’, out Monday 9th February, has to offer. But squeezing into the already populated female Indie niche - bustling with the likes of Lykelli and Florence and The Machine - will be the biggest test for Sky Larkin as Harkin’s striking similarity to the likes of Ida Maria and the band’s rather nostalgic structure will have a lot to compete with.
Yet touring in SXSW around Texas in March and having already appeared with bands as renowned as Broken Social Scene, the Northern lovelies seem to already have a lot of the fight that they’re going to need in them.