The voices of certain musicians will always reach back into the muddy outlines of my memory, grab particular sentiments tightly around the throat and pull them swiftly into this three minutes, here and right now, heaving and in bloody color. Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit soundtracked a sharp, raw portion of my life last year with unrelenting insight and wow — even tonight when I listen to his voice on this new song, it’s like taking the scalpel and turpentine to everything all over again.
Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit write songs that are wrenchingly honest and completely earnest. And yeah — pretty darn disconsolate. But there’s always intelligence and incisiveness in the lyrics, and a pulsating thrum of gorgeous energy in the music — and all of that bleeds through whether in the studio or on the stage in front of you.
They absolutely remain one of my favorite discoveries these last few years, despite what they do to me. A recurring theme in the things I love, I suppose.
Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit