We are always happy to run good local americana from around these parts, and especially so when it comes from Only Child, the outfit led by Liverpool based singer-songwriter Alan O’Hare, who this month are releasing their first new music since 2019. The dynamic ‘Straight Lines’ is the title track to the band’s fourth album, due later this year, and features guitars, violins, horns and a cacophony of drums & percussion. “It’s a return to a full band sound,” reveals O’Hare. “The song is a statement of intent, really. After the disaster of 2020 and early 2021, we want to reassure our listeners that we’re here, we’re with them, we’re ready to get rocking and we’ve got something to say. ‘Straight Lines’, the song, is my tribute to all the women and men who came before us… up the troubadours!” We second that emotion – you can’t have too many tributes to troubadors, particularly when they sound this good. You can pre-order the EP from Only Child’s Bandcamp page here.