“It’s been a good year,” nods bassist Laurie Nankivel from Warp Records’ London office. On the wall behind him hung several gold discs. “For the last few months it’s been kind of like we’re just sitting down and writing. We’ve had a very productive year of touring last year, so we’re in the same place for a change of pace and creative activity.” It was nice to be back in.”
Consisting of drummer and lead singer Ollie Judge, key players Arthur Leadbetter, guitarists Anton Pearson and Louis Borlese, and bassist Nankivel, the now Bristol-based group has been on the road since the release of their debut. He admits he started working on his second album within two weeks. This trip, which departs on a mini-tour in May 2021 and his June, monolith Essentially, it began with a tour as the band experimented with new tricks and succumbed to their most creative and experimental tendencies, all in front of an unsuspecting audience live. By the time the mini-run ended, they were in the studio.
in contrast, bright green fieldwas recorded at producer Dan Carey’s London studio, but Squid decided to experiment with different environments. Upping is stuck at Peter He Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire, Corsham. monolith Surrounded by nature, it took shape. Remarkably, this recording period was one of the first opportunities for the band to take a breather and truly let go, both mentally and musically, an element of which was sonically evident. The result is an album of epic scale that the group describes themselves as “a musical evocation of environment, domesticity and their own folklore.” In other words, monolith It sounds like a band learning to breathe again, uninhibited by everything around them, and without fear of what those outside their ecosystem might be thinking.