The end of Palma Violets was certainly much quieter than their beginning - but perhaps it wasn't a true end for the hyped London band, but instead a moment for regrouping and reinvention. Rising from the ashes is Gently Tender, featuring Palma Violets' Sam Fryer, Pete Mayhew and Will Doyle, along with keyboardist The Big Moon’s Celia Archer and guitarist Adam Brown. Their debut single is '2 Chords Good', a rambling and cathartic indie song that shows off a much more thoughtful and cerebral style of songwriting than we might have expected.

The seed of the song is taken from a real life moment that is replayed within the first verse, where a friend asks "are you going to put some more chords on your new album?" and Sam Fryer's simple response was "probably, yeah." Fryer explains further: “The song is me talking to myself … and making excuses like I was feeling ‘kinda stressed that day’. I had been suffering with anxiety at the time of the meeting, but as I gradually formulate what the answer should have been, I cultivate pictures in my mind of visions and scenes that move me; memories of ‘golden evenings’ and ‘sunlit canals’ and songs that I have loved.”

'2 Chords Good', as Fryer explained, takes us from his inner monologue out into the glorious scenery of London, while the inner machinations keep whirring the whole time. Laid back guitars and a strutting gait give us the impression of walking along canals in summer time, while Fryer's thoughts come around to simple but profound realisations about where joy comes from and how simple it can be. Overall '2 Chords Good' is a celebration of the small things in life, and an ode to not overthinking things - something we need to be reminded of often.

See Gently Tender live:

26 September | The Lexington, London