Photo: Marcus Maschwitz
London alt-rockers Oli Barton & The Movement are back with a stadium-worthy slice of 80s-tinged synth-rock.
Featured on their upcoming mixtape, 'pipe dreams', 'Martyr', is a touching ode to the frontline workers who have put their lives on the line amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and moves the soul with tender synths, uplifting drums and pin-drop production.
Speaking of the track, Barton said: "This last year has really proved something to us. You have to look beyond the negativity, beyond the politics, beyond the media and you will find that people are ultimately always there for each other. We've seen these amazing people laying their lives on the line for others and being completely selfless. Lyrically, I wanted to pay tribute to these unsung heroes because they prove that we are always stronger together. The production on this track too is my favourite yet, utilising multiple synth layers and huge drums to bring that pure 80s vibe. . ."
It's the first new material from Barton and co since 2020's 'Get Out'.
The rising band have been working with producer Jules Gulon (Sam Smith, Liam Payne, Sam Fender) and this ambitious lot have every reason to shoot for the stars.
Stream 'Martyr' below: