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As you can most likely tell by the name, the latest from Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves isn't one of those uplifting, joyous folk songs. "I Would Not Live Always" is a dark song. Despite utilizing only their vocals, banjo, and fiddle, the song has a droning quality more associated with indie rock or shoegaze while still sounding solidly like a traditional folk song. This gives the song an ominous edge throughout. While not a cheery listen, "I Would Not Live Always" is a powerful one.
In a press release, Tatiana Hargreaves explains the origins of the new song, which came from a poem by William Augustus Muhlenberg:
“We originally wanted to name the album 'I would not live always' because it captures the dark apocalyptic vibe. The lyrics feel very surreal and have some almost sci-fi like imagery: 'and see soft unfolding those portals of gold, all around us arrayed in their beauty behold'. We picked and chose our own lyrics from the poem to kind of create our own story line. I feel like it is about our own smallness in this world —again, in reference to climate apocalypse. Death is near, I would not live always…”
You can watch the video for "I Would Not Live Always" below. Hurricane Clarice is due out March 25 on Free Dirt Records, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, check out the duo's website.