Tristan Johnston has a lot to answer for. Operating under the moniker Iles (pronounce it like Giles without the ‘G’), Johnston has managed to create an earworm so huge it’s currently burrowing its way through our collective brain and it looks like it’s settling in for the foreseeable future.
His new track ‘In Tents’ swaggers with slacker attitude but also delivers enough punchy melody and rapid fire guitar work to throw out the knowing wink of someone who really knows what he’s doing. It’s a murky, lo-fi hand clapping renegade of Alex G levels complete with a melody that sticks around like a the last glorious hangover of a legendary house party.
The song is taken from Iles’s forthcoming album Apartments, due out later this year – an album that has been six years in the making. If ‘In Tents’ is anything to go by, it’s going to have been worth it.
Listen to ‘In Tents‘ below.