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