Watch This! Caulbearers do Manchester proud on Twisted Cord singleIt’s always a delight to support a talented Manchester band. Today presents us with yet another occasion to do just that, as funk-rock collective Caulbearers release their new single Twisted Cord, and it’s our pleasure to reveal the brilliant video for this song. Between the music and the cinematography, there’s so much to appreciate in this audio-visual offering. The track is highly cinematic, with string arrangement and all, tastefully weaving in elements of surf pop, funk rock and world music. Artists like Jamiroquai, Stereo MC’s and, to a smaller extent, The Stone Roses, come to mind (it’s that incredible baseline).

Giving new meaning to the term “makes the earth move”, this video underlines how very connected the band is to the earth. And it is indeed a stunning work. Directed by Ben Taylor, Damien Mahoney & Latent Variables, this video was filmed by Ben Taylor, with video editing, post-production and visual effects by Latent Variables.

An infectious funk-rock offering, this single is accompanied by an alluring B-side, called Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix). The latter track has quite a different feeling than the title track – it’s upbeat and optimistic, presenting an array of the best characteristics of various artists (i.e. Spin Doctors, Yael Naim, The Railway Children) while, at the same time, being unique enough so as to not sound too close to any one of them.

With pulsating guitar hooks and distorted drum-breaks, the song explores different tonalities usually associated with Flamenco, Arabic music and Indian ragas, enhanced by renowned violinist Olivia Moore (Jason Singh, Stuart McCallum, Suns of Arqa), whose own work fuses jazz with Indian classical music. This track also features such acclaimed Manchester musicians as pianist John Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra, Stone Roses’ John Squire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen) and bassist Alex Berry (The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston, Thea Gilmore, Micah P Hinson).

Fronted by Damien Mahoney, core members included guitarist Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), cellist Stefan Skrimshire and drummer Phil Bennett. Somerset-based ethereal folk artist Ruth Blake also contributes vocals in her ongoing collaboration with the band.

Mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays) and mastered by Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Charlatans, Factory Floor), this single follows their 2021 single Burst Through The Borders with B-side Solid Supposed.

The lyrics for Twisted Cord explore how intense events in our lives can act like initiations by shaking up, radically changing and enriching our perspectives. Sometimes we need to break down or be broken apart, in order to come back together stronger and with greater understanding. The healing of our wounds over time can transform into wisdom, bringing more colour, depth and detail to the tapestry of our lives.

The song also celebrates the concept of Animism – the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence – a foundational thread for the varied belief systems of many indigenous peoples, who deeply understand the importance of ritual, ceremony, initiation and connection to nature that the majority of us in the West have forgotten.

“The songs are rarely stories specifically, but more like moods, deep emotional states or parallel worlds that we enter into, where scenarios, perspectives and protagonists can shift and morph with a dream-like quality,” says Damien Mahoney.

The cover artwork for Twisted Cord showcases original artwork by Ben Taylor, a painter and sculptor who often combines natural materials and up-cycled gems to create incredible, large-scale pieces of work. These reflect Ben’s reverence for nature, plants and magic, depicting the profound experiences of ancient spiritual traditions.

Twisted Cord is out now, available across digital platforms. It can also be ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp here.

Also enjoy their sublime B-side Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)

Twisted Cord (single) by Caulbearers

Revered stalwarts from Manchester, the video for their previous single Burst Through the Borders is filmed throughout the city (as well as the forests of Somerset) at different stages of Britain’s lockdowns:

Learn more about Caulbearers via their WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube. Support them and find their music via BandcampSoundcloud, Apple Music and Spotify.

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All words via Paul Scott-Bates. More of Paul’s writing on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. Paul’s website is hiapop Blog and you can follow him on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I really loved the song and the video. From a professional point of view my one and only criticism would be the transitions are too quick buy half a second which in my opinion would make it flow better, that been said I do love the video. Nice one guys.

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