Words | Jacqui Picone

With his first steps into solo work, 5SOS lead singer Luke Hemmings offers a soothing reflection on heartbreak and healing, his voice melting over harmonies while reaching to articulate his faults and trepidations.

It’s impossible not to draw comparisons to the current, blossoming crop of alt-pop: floating guitars at the forefront, rolling drums, and gentle nods to Fleetwood Mac throughout, from tambourine to lilting guitar. It’s music that belongs on a dark bar’s jukebox at 2AM, when the drinks start to go to your head and you just want to sway to the beat.

Where it used to be a safe assumption that artists like Justin Timberlake would stick to their genre and follow a formulaic rise to the top of the charts, nowadays solo artists are given more room to experiment and grow. We saw it on Harry Styles’ step back to the ’70s, Fine Line, and now we’re seeing it on Luke Hemmings’ When Facing The Things We Turn Away From. This is a warm, solid leap into the unknown by the Australian singer – a soft promise of more to come.

When Facing The Things We Turn Away From by Luke Hemmings is out now via Sony.

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