Manchester based Abbie Ozard is set to make waves with her latest dreamy EP, ‘Let’s Play Pretend’, a fantastical voyage rich in sugar sweet guitar riffs. In the way that those trapped in their early twenties continually find comfort in films like ‘Wild Child’ and ‘St Trinians’, the broad soundscapes of ‘Let’s Play Pretend’ create a slice of cinema for Ozard herself, a kind of soundtrack to her own coming of age story that you will find yourself lost within.
The EP glides between different adolescent moments, powerful visuals sparking miniature vignettes. Opening track ‘Pink Sky (Endless Summer)’ shimmers and shifts, providing the perfect backdrop for the makeover montage of your favourite high school flick, whilst ‘TV Kween’ might run over the end credits whilst you shake popcorn off your lap and stretch you legs before stepping back out into the sunlight. ‘True Romance’ is saturated with cinematic references, the title lifted from the Tarantino written nineties film; the beachy riffs bring to life a madcap road trip, whilst anxiety and awkwardness bubble away just beneath the surface.
‘Breakdowns’, the final track, veers much more bluntly into the stresses and insecurities masked elsewhere in the EP, providing a stunning emotional climax. Its twinkling, crystallised pop sound is shot through with anxiety and disconnect – of the track, Ozard explains “I wrote this tune after a massive conversation about Generation Z. I’m intensely guilty of the accusations we make in this song - how life is online, and how we deal with our problems through social media. Before moving away last year I was the last one of my friends left in my hometown, and it felt kinda shitty. I loved living with my parents, they’re my best mates, but something in me felt like I wasn't moving on with my life and it felt strange. Twenty-something is a difficult age and there’s a huge lack of direction and pressure coming from every angle… I’m sure I'm not the only person who’s found the word breakdown relatable recently...”
Typifying a stringent wanderlust and curiosity about what more life has to offer, Ozard’s rose-tinted indie creations are rightly marking her as a rising star.