Watch this: Squid release epic new single Narrator from their long-awaited debut album

Squid have announced Narrator as the lead single from their highly anticipated debut album Bright Green Field due in May via Warp Records.

The nearly nine-minute song is typical Squid ricocheting from funk strut to screeching chaos softened only slightly by melodic vocals from Martha Syke Murphy. 

“Narrator was inspired by the 2019 film A Long Day’s Journey into Night,” say the band. “The song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream and reality, and how you can often mould your memories of people to fit a narrative that benefits your ego.

“Martha Skye Murphy, the track’s guest vocalist, made the point that the unreliable narrator is, more often than not, a male who wishes to portray women as submissive characters in their story. After some discussions with Martha, she thought it would be a good idea that she plays the part of the woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set.” 

Some bands might be tempted to include previous singles on their debut – the band released Sludge and Broadcaster last year– but instead Bright Green Field is all new material.

The record features field recordings of ringing church bells, tooting bees, microphones swinging from the ceiling orbiting a room of guitar amps, a distorted choir of 30 voices, as well as a horn and string ensemble, featuring the likes of Emma-Jean Thackray and Lewis Evans from Black Country, New Road.

The album title conjures up imagery of pastoral England, but it’s something of a decoy that captures the band’s fondness for paradox and juxtaposition. 

Pre-order BRIGHT GREEN FIELD here: https://squid.ffm.to/bright-green-field

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Tour dates September/October 2021

Tue 07           BRIGHTON                             Concorde 2
Wed 08          BRIGHTON                             Concorde 2
Thu  09          BRISTOL                               Marble Factory
Fri   10           MANCHESTER                        Albert Hall
Thu 23           LONDON                               Printworks
Fri   24           BIRMINGHAM                       Crossing
Sat  25           NOTTINGHAM                       Rock City
Mon 27           NEWCASTLE                         NUSU
Tue  28           GLASGOW                            SWG3
Wed 29           BELFAST                              Empire
Thu  30           DUBLIN                               Button Factory

OCTOBER 2021

Sun 03           CARDIFF                               Tramshed
Mon 04           SOUTHAMPTON                     The 1865
Tue  05           EXETER                                Phoenix

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Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.

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