Squid Cult craft their releases creatively, artistically, so the result is this unique song, with an intriguing concept – one that reaches out for your heartstrings, your soul, yet does so among a notably upbeat, uplifting soundscape.
Suburban Wildlife is a project that won my affection within just a few seconds. The crisp, warming sound of an acoustic guitar, a smooth & genuine leading voice, a comforting melody & a series of lyrics that offer both imagery & human reflection – what’s not to like?
As a fan of Kid Mud, Built To Spill, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, there’s something about this sort of performance & this style of songwriting that just connects so naturally & authentically.
The music grabs you, this meeting of the piano, the guitars, the organic drum-line, and not least of all that part delicate part mighty leading voice – all of this in unison creates precisely the sort of escapism that music fans so often turn to.
The style of these melodies has something subtly unique about it. On top of this, you can hear the authenticity of the music – you get a clear idea of what a live show would entail – something well worth being on the lookout for.
Mother is an unquestionably heartfelt & captivating piece of music that expresses quite perfectly the sheer pain felt when someone close to you passes away, as well as the joy or hope that comes from everything they meant to you & taught you.
The ideas touch on topics that are likely to be close to heart of many modern day listeners – true to the times, of shared struggle or difficulty. Even so, the band have approached this in an exceedingly comforting way.
The specifics of the song lean in a number of different directions – snippets of jazz appear on occasion, a definite rock influence is hinted at within the drum line & the electric guitar parts.
It’s always interesting when you come across a musical composition that seems to, in its own artistic way, represent its concept by means of every element involved. The song underlines a sense of emotional disconnect with every fibre of its being.
The music builds from something quite mellow into something that is much more emotionally loaded & passionate – complete with chaotic drums & a freely wandering guitar solo.
The songwriting combined with the leading voice are what really make this project stand out. It’s refreshing to hear this genre making waves, what’s even more refreshing though, is how interesting, unexpected, and provocative so much of the writing is.
This concept of getting over it is so much easier said than done, so the set up of this song works brilliantly in representing the journey through dwelling & on into freedom.