Black Country, New Road “Bread Song” Single Review

Photo by Rosie Foster

In anticipation for their second album, Ant’s From Up There, Black Country, New Road have dropped “Bread Song”, following previous single “Chaos Space Marine“.

“Bread Song” has cemented itself as a fan favourite through its debut back in February on a Bandcamp live session. The track is decisively more intimate and tender than “Chaos Space Marine”, focusing on delicate guitar lines that slowly build with lead singer Isaac Wood’s melancholic tone. Lyrically, Wood uses breadcrumbs in bed as a metaphor for rejected intimacy. By taking cues from the everyday, Wood makes the song all the more painfully relatable for listeners. The track is arguably one of the bands’ most emotive yet, as the pain and longing in Wood’s voice drives the rising violin and saxophone.


In reference to Bread Song, Wood states:


“We wanted to do the first chorus with no time signature. I went to see Steve Reich do Music for 18 Musicians and there’s a piece where a bar length is determined by the breadth of the clarinet player, they just play until they run out of breath. I wanted to try that with the whole band, where we don’t look at each other, we don’t make too many cues, we just try and play without time – but together.”

“Bread Song” emphasises the band’s talent for creating gorgeous, intricate textures in their instrumentation, as well as cementing Isaac Wood as one of the most interesting lyricists to have emerged over the past few years.

Listen to the track below!

Advertisements

Chartreuse release new single “Feed Be Fed”

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Chartreuse, the Birmingham-based 4 piece have shared “Feed Be Fed”, the latest single from their upcoming EP Is It Autumn Already?, out November 19th. Pre-order here. This follows on from “Things Are Changing Too Quickly” and “Only You” released earlier in the year.

There’s so much underlying melancholy within this track that it’s only on repeat listens that you realise how many layers there are to peel back. As lead singer Hattie Wilson delicately rolls her melodies over the shifting guitar patterns and rolling beats, you once again fall into the haze of wonder that Chartreuse so elegantly ignite on each track. “I waist no time with reflection / I gather the years gone by” she sings in contemplation of the years lost to unnecessary illness, but she doesn’t resent these moments, rather use them as a way to see a brighter future. The songwriting craftsmanship that Chartreuse display once again is awe inspiring in every aspect.

Vocalist Hattie Wilson explains the track:

“Feed Be Fed is about being stuck in a cycle and the idea that just because something is convenient doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. 

I’d been on the contraceptive pill for a few years and became aware I was experiencing it’s side effects on my mental health, which seem to be widely pushed under the rug. I knew something was up and tried to speak to my nurse about how I was feeling which just resulted in frustration, the view was that it couldn’t possibly be the pill making me feel unwell, so I researched it online and spoke to friends & realised my experience wasn’t rare. It still took me years to come off it as I’d gotten used to feeling the way I did. 

When I finally did come off it I wrote the line ‘Feed Be Fed, Be Hungry’ in my phone notes which is where it stayed for a few weeks. Then when I was ready I sat down one afternoon and the rest just flowed. We then all worked on it and arranged it but it took a while to get right and really settle on the best way to serve the song. 

It was born out of frustration that I wouldn’t get that time back but is full of hope and relief that I felt like me again.”

Listen to the new single below!

Chartreuse share new single “Only You”

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Chartreuse have released new single “Only You”, the second single from their upcoming EP Is It Autumn Already?, set to be released on November 19th. This follows on from “Things Are Changing Too Quickly” released earlier in the year.

Chartreuse continue to be utterly entrancing in every aspect. The darkness that lies within their songs is something truly haunting and captivating at the same time. With melodies that roll over of crooning piano lines and cinematic violin sweeps, Chartreuse capture desperation and intoxication at its core. Fleeting from upbeat breakdowns to melancholic passages, you can never tell where they will shift to next. “Only You” is like driving a winding road down a dark lane at night, the hidden unknowns are lurking waiting to be uncovered by the beams of sound that pass over them.

Listen to the new single below!

Black Country, New Road share new single “Track X”

Black Country, New Road return today with their new single “Track X”. The track is the latest to be taken from their much-anticipated debut album “For the first time”, which is out on February 5th 2021 via Ninja Tune.

Having never been played live before “Track X” is an entirely new offering from the band and is a distinct change of pace from their previous output. Following on from their minimalist and foreboding single, “Science Fair”, the pensive new track is​ built around gentle cyclical guitar, bass and sax motifs, the instrumentation is intermittently interposed by discordant staccato strings before morphing into softer more melodic lines alongside mellifluous synth and cooing backing vocals. Speaking about the new single, frontman Isaac Wood says: “Track X is a song we first worked on in 2018 but one that never made it out into our live performances. We decided to resurrect it during the recording of For the first time and assemble it in the studio. The story is old but a good one and worth telling. We believe that people will enjoy singing along.”

As with the previous single, “Track X” is paired to a video directed by Bart Price who said the following about its themes: “The music video for ‘Track X’ is about nostalgia for being a kid and happy times with family, stupid moments with friends like feeding Cheetos to a giant horde of birds in a Walmart parking lot, and for Tumblr and YouTube videos of cats. But at the same time balanced with this is a comment on the transience of the past, like with the shots of the abandoned houses, and a sense that maybe what we remember isn’t quite real, like the idealised stock footage. I wanted to combine all of those emotions and thoughts together and make a 2000s style American home video.”

Watch the new video below.