Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Squid featuring Martha Skye Murphy - "Narrator"

Photo by Holly Whitaker

Hailing from Brighton, Squid are going to be a hard band to define. Their new single, "Narrator," is an eight minute plus song that is part post punk, part New Wave, part noise, and part jam. It reminds me of bands like Talking Heads, The B-52's, and Big Audio Dynamite with a harder edge. At least, for the first four minutes or so. After that it transforms into a weird funk/soul jam but crammed through a colander of punk, and emerging from that as a bizarro freak-pop song. And then it becomes... something else? This is the kind of song that isn't going to be for everyone, but the world would be a better place if it was.

The band explains the song:

“‘Narrator’ was inspired by the 2019 film A Long Day's Journey Into Night. The song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream and reality and how you can often mold your memories of people to fit a narrative that benefits your ego. Martha Skye-Murphy 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’d be a good idea that she play the part of the woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set.”

You can watch the video for "Narrator" below. Bright Green Field will be out May 7 on Warp Records. You can pre-order a copy here. For more on Squid, check out the band's website.

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