“You Shine On” is the dreamily anthemic new single from London outfit Magnetic Skies, release date 17th February, with accompanying video. The popping synth opening notes immediately transport you back to the 80s, evoking shades of Depeche Mode. The vocals are ethereal and shimmering, opening into a rapturous chorus. There’s a overriding sense of drama that pervades ‘You Shine On’, melding tension and euphoria in equal measures.
The band consists of Simon Kent (vocals and keyboards), and Jo Womar (keyboards) plus their two newer members who joined in 2021, guitarist Carlos Aguilar and drummer Lenin Alegria. The band’s story started in 2019 when Simon and Jo originally got together, finding a shared love of 80s synth driven sounds.
Says the band about You Shine On: ‘This is a love song, a story about two people finding each other despite divisions from outside, and about being true to yourself even when that doesn’t fit with expectations from society or other people. It’s celebrating a really positive self-belief.’
Last year saw Magnetic Skies ramp up things considerably: 5 singles and a collaboration with the KVB. The year starts with this new single, a sign of things to come with the band’s debut album Empire Falling to be released shortly, and a few live dates on the calendar. It looks like 2023 is set to be a good year for Magnetic Skies.
Sun 21 May 2023 – Concorde 2, Brighton (supporting Heaven 17)
Sat 30 Sep 2023 – The Railway Inn, Winchester (supporting Just Radiohead)
You Shine On by Magnetic Skies, released 17th February 2023 on ReprinT Records