- 18 Mar 21
Produced by Dan Carey, Squid's debut album 'Bright Green Field' will be released on May 7th via Warp Records.
London-based post-punk band Squid have shared the second single from their eagerly-awaited debut album Bright Green Field, titled 'Paddling'.
The emerging Brighton outfit have also announced two Irish dates on their upcoming tour, due to take place at Belfast's Empire on September 29th, 2021 and Dublin's Button Factory on September 30th.
Having premiered on Annie Mac’s exclusive BBC Radio 1 show, ‘Paddling’ has long been a staple of Squid's incendiary live show. This psych-motorik stomper is a reaction to being thrust into an adult world as friends suddenly turn their focus to careers. Built around a drum machine loop and pulsing synth line, sonic details pepper the track as it lurches between dynamic movements. An ever unpredictable beast, Squid shares vocal duties throughout the track with an infectious ease and confidence.
The raucous group released their debut EP on Speedy Wunderground, Town Centre back in 2019 and have since released multiple singles on Warp Records.
Squid describe new track 'Paddling' as a song about "the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism":
“'Paddling' is written from two different perspectives. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind & The Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are also ultimately animals that are driven by both modern and primal instincts and how that has led to vanity and machismo around us in the everyday.”
Produced by veteran music industry figure Dan Carey, who runs record label Speedy Wunderground; Squid's debut album Bright Green Field is set to land on May 7th. Pre-order the work here.
An album of towering scope and ambition, Bright Green Field is deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. With all band members playing an equal role, the LP is the product of five heads operating as one. The eccentric project 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 of Emma-Jean Thackray and Lewis Evans (Black Country, New Road).
For all the innovative recording techniques, evolutionary leaps, lyrical themes, ideas and narratives that underpin the album, it’s also a joyous and emphatic record," a press release states.
"One, that marries the uncertainties of the world with a curious sense of exploration, as it endlessly twists and turns down unpredictable avenues."
Grab your tickets here to see Squid live at Belfast's Empire or Dublin's Button Factory in September.
Check out the tracklisting for the LP and 'Paddling' below:
Bright Green Field Tracklist:
Narrator feat Martha Skye Murphy