Retro pop duo The Rhythm Method will be releasing their debut album How Would You Know I Was Lonely? on June 21st through Moshi Moshi. With that just a few weeks away, they've given us more reason to anticipate it by releasing jaunty new single 'Wandsworth Plain', featuring Chris Difford of Squeeze.

Of 'Wandsworth Plain', The Rhythm Method say: “’Wandsworth Plain’ is a kind of mini-epic, set over many years. It's a kitchen sink drama, set in South London, almost a spiritual update of 'Up The Junction'. A song that incorporates a lot of our collective influences; Small Faces, The Kinks, Pulp and of course Squeeze. When we found out Chris Difford was a fan, we couldn’t not get him involved.”

On this new single, The Rhythm Method do a fine balancing act of maintaining the feeling of true-to-life anecdotes with moments of joyous reverie. This is managed through their fluid songwriting, which flounces from chirpy verses to buoyant happiness in the chorus - and there's an effortless charm to the way the band and Difford's voices manage to cover this shift in perspective. 'Wandsworth Plain' slows down for the heart-swelling finale, which is totally earned after a delightful push-and-pull throughout the track.

The Rhythm Method's debut album How Would You Know I Was Lonely? is out on June 21st through Moshi Moshi. They're playing a record release show on July 4th at Bush Hall (tickets).