def.fo - 'Play It Cool'

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A new artist on the verge of making his mark, def.fo has delivered his highly anticipated debut single, serving up a shimmering slice of indie rock that is mixed perfectly with an enchanting psychedelic edge.

An undeniable introduction to the Liverpool artist, 'Play It Cool' hits with a wave of washed, retro sounds, bringing a gap between lo-fi sounds and shifting psychedelic tones. Effortlessly emotive, it's a song that wastes no time in making its mark, cloaking you with warm, nostalgic tones that are embossed artfully with rolling bass lines, carefully curated beats, and layers of visceral guitar riffs that grab your attention and hold you firmly in place. Offering glimpses of evolving soundscapes that swim between early Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the track is poignant, emotive, and eternally cool.

Beyond the captivating soundscape, def.fo's debut leans into a 'pin-sharp response to a cultureless culture', taking aim at a world obsessed with reality TV and Internet influencers, it acts as a powerful reminder to stay in tune with what matters in life, to tune out the noise, embrace humility, and learn to navigate life with cool composure.

Produced by the father-son duo of Tom Powell and Steve Powell (The Strands, John Power, The Stairs), ‘Play it Cool’ further benefits from mixing engineer Roy Merchant (Omar, M.I.A, Basement Jaxx) and mastering by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Kasabian, The Red Hot Chili Peppers). The single features Tom Powell (Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band) on vocals, guitar, and bass, while Jake Woodward (Nova Twins, Peter Perrett) joins on drums.

Alongside the release of the single, def.fo has also shared a cinematic music video for the track, delivering a captivating parody-homage to the iconic Tarantino/Tony Scott film, 'True Romance'.

A track that quite rightfully demands your attention, 'Play It Cool' is easily one of the most impressive debut singles of the year so far. A powerful piece in its own right, it's also the first glimpse into def.fo's first full-length album, 'Eternity', which is due for release later this year.Available to pre-order now on CD and vinyl, it promises to be an unforgettable psychedelic expedition.

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