Friday, August 19, 2022

‘Duck Egg Blue’ – The cracking new release from LIFE

Punk Yorkshire-based band LIFE releases 'Duck Egg Blue’ in anticipation of their upcoming album 'North East Coastal Town'. Working with their own in-house, community label, LIFE is known for their songs’ impacting political views and wide community outreach in their home city – Hull.

The EP's title track, 'Duck Egg Blue', comes first. In contrast to the more popular songs on the EP, such as 'Friends Without Names', the song’s tempo is slower and less energetic.  It begins with ambiguous beats, leaving the listener to speculate about the song's direction. 

However, the artists don't keep the listener guessing for long, as the tranquil guitar chords (which will feature in majority of the song) establish the tonality. Just when the listener thinks they’ve got it all figured out, they’re met with dissonant piano notes that add gravity to the, so far, melancholic theme. The lead singer alternates between a whisper and speech-like singing techniques. This is a recurring theme throughout the EP. 

In the lyrics, a shattered egg is used as a metaphor for a shattered love. We learn that love is fragile and difficult to reassemble once broken. However, the song does not leave us hopeless; the singer insists on loving: "I'll hold you till it's light / I love you / I've loved you all this time”. According to the artists' Instagram account (@lifeband), “the song is intimate, yet cracked, and beautiful, yet raged”


Then there's 'The Drug', which describes the joy of unexpected love as a drug that relieves the lover's pain: "the drug I needed has always been here."The energetic verse flows into a very catchy chorus, and the song concludes with a purposefully imperfect and abrupt guitar solo.


The EP follows with ‘Big Moon Lake’, a fast-paced and exciting song about life, addictions and consumerism. While daydreaming about things they don't yet have and wasting time worrying about lost time, the protagonist feels as if they're running out of time. We are encouraged to "Burn the Dam" in the song's bridge and the lyrics continue in this manner: "Damp mud, waterslides / Industrial blackouts / Then put it all in a mattress / Then put it all in a mattress and burn it down", which is a monologue similar to the message in Fight Club.


Finally, the EP's most listened to song, 'Friends Without Names', released in 2021, brings a grabbing, upbeat, yet sombre air. The chorus succeeds in being both unchanging, captivating, and memorable due to the constant repetition of the lyrics and recurring melodic lines. In an interview with DIY, LIFE described their performance experience as follows: we performed this track as if we were in trance; vibrating in a constant musical crescendo”.


If you're eager for more, you won't have to wait long: the band's new album ‘North East Coastal Town’ is described by the band as a "homage to their beloved city and its folkand is set to be released on August 19, 2022.


Evelina Lungu


Image: ‘Duck Egg Blue’ Official EP Cover


1 comment:

Comment Here;