OVER several months, The Ninth Wave have been drip-feeding us tracks from their eagerly anticipated debut album Infancy. Arriving in two parts, Infancy Part 1 will be with us shortly and it has been preceded by one final single called ‘First Encounters’.

A gripping display of how far the band have come in the space of two quick years, their latest instalment is a nuanced and poignant exploration of human connection and the uncertainties which surround a first encounter. Revisiting their stirring brand of glistening goth-pop and nostalgic post-punk, it’s another emotionally acute offering from Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd; a highly emotive and tumultuous reflection on modern day life and the inner workings of the human mind through an epic display of commanding vocals, driving rhythms and towering synths. There’s an underlying sense of hope and optimism here too though and it all comes to the fore with the song’s cathartic and euphoric finale.

Check it out below.