“Telephone” sees former New Young Pony Club member Lou Hayter find her nostalgic and summery stride ahead of the release of forthcoming album Private Sunshine.
With her debut solo album Private Sunshine dropping next month, former New Young Pony Club keyboardist Lou Hayter renews her slick sonic image sporting sun-sheened new single “Telephone”.
Powered by early-80s funk hooks and phasor synth-beaming swoops, “Telephone” fuses Chic-indebted nods with pure pop peppiness, underpinned by irrepressible poolside beats and crowned with a sizzling sax interlude. Hayter’s standout vocals sink into this swathe of retro R&B patter, a soundtrack to long hot summers skewing between the post-disco of Indeep and the Jellybean Benitez-produced ear candy of early Madonna.
As one half of outfit The New Sins alongside Nick Phillips for the last thirteen years, the London-based multi-hyphenate has form gelling new wave and nu-rave tropes in sleek-edged fashion, a forerunner to her latest career turn in lending a contemporary spin to electro-gleamed nostalgia. A recent reworking of Gaucho-era Steely Dan staple “Time Out of Mind” further speaks to the decade-hopping pool of influences issuing from her sound.
Hayter reflects on a breezily innocent charm underpinning the track: “I started making pop tunes in a hip hop kind of way by sampling and looping and then it opened up a whole new world of making music for me. ‘Telephone’ is one of the first ones I made like this. I love the vibe it has, it’s a nice laid-back summery tune. The sax solo was the cherry on top.”