Alternative Pop Hits that Inspired Will Joseph Cook

Friday, of course, means new music, with this week’s haul including Will Joseph Cook’s Biggest Fan finally reaching our playlists ahead of his debut album later next month.

Will – who attended the HISKIND launch party last week – explains that the song was written in autumn about a long distance relationship maintained “by crackled FaceTime calls” across different time zones. As the proverb and undeniable fact of life goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Despite being centred around the struggles and frustrations of pining, Biggest Fan is an uplifting bop that calls for Summer. Catchy, simple and original, it’s one of Cook’s finest yet and has us yearning for the release of his debut.

Will is currently on tour with PEACE, Clean Cut Kid and Fickle Friends on the Topman/NME tour (lineups don’t get much better than that). Will is touring the UK in May, playing Heaven on the 11th ahead of supporting alt-J this Summer.

Glasgow, Stereo (May 2nd)
Newcastle, 02 Academy 2 (May 3rd)
Manchester, Sound Control Basement (May 4th)
Birmingham, 02 Birmingham Institute 3 (May 5th)
Liverpool, Studio2 (May 6th)
Cardiff, The Globe (May 8th)
Bristol, Thekla (May 9th)
London, Heaven (May 11th)
Oxford, The Bullingdon (May 12th)
The Great Escape (May 18th-20th)

To celebrate the release of the track, Will gave us a lil’ playlist on tracks he’s the biggest fan of (see what we did there). From cult classics to chart topping sensations, he’s rounded up that alternative pop hits that birthed the sound of his indie-pop aesthetic.

Gotye: Somebody That I Used to Know

MGMT: Electric Feel

The 1975: Somebody Else

Phoenix: Lisztomania

The Killers: Smile Like You Mean It

Calvin Harris: Acceptable in the 80s

Jamie T: Sticks and Stones

Weezer: Buddy Holly

Darwin Deez: Bad Day

Vampire Weekend: Oxford Comma

Cook’s latest video for Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine) is out now.

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