Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Squid - "Paddling"


U.K. group Squid will release one of the most anticipated debuts of the year this coming Spring and today they shared another new track from the record.

Like they've done on previous songs, Squid continue to defy genres and stick to the quirks that have given them some of the biggest buzz of the year. On "Paddling," the band use angular guitar work to drive the song forward as they continue to incorporate post-punk and electronics into a sound very much their own. A soft beat slowly comes into focus as synths interject like laser beams and a B-52s call and response vocal demands attention before a steady drum rhythm takes control of the song setting it on a new journey. According to the band, the song was "Written from two different perspectives, 'Paddling' is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from The Wind In The Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are ultimately animals that are driven by both modern and primal instincts, leading to vanity and machismo around us in the everyday."

Bright Green Field is out May 7 via Warp.

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