LYR POET SIMON ARMITAGE, PRODUCER PATRICK PEARSON & MUSICIAN RICHARD WALTERS SHARE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘GREAT COAT’
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FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM CALL IN THE CRASH TEAM
OUT ON MERCURY KX 26TH JUNE
Photo credit © Steve Gullick (L-R: Richard Walters, Simon Armitage, Patrick Pearson)
09 JUNE 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - LYR – the musical project comprised of musician Richard Walters, producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson and current UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage – release the official music video directed by Josefin Malmén for their new single ‘Great Coat’, out today on Mercury KX. The track is the fourth single taken from their upcoming debut album, Call in the Crash Team, out on 26th June.
As with most tracks on the album, ‘Great Coat’ is written from the viewpoint of a fictional character. The song tells the story of an individual remembering and re-living the incidents and details of an oppressive and dangerous family relationship. Distinctly more fast-paced than their previous releases, ‘Great Coat’ combines Armitage’s charged poetic passages and Walters’ powerful vocal melodies with a driving electronic beat. Together, these elements generate a repetitive, cyclical sensation echoing the exasperated emotions of someone trying to escape their forceful gravity of their background.
Speaking of the track, the band says, “It’s the monologue of someone trying to come out from under the shadow of a bullying or abusive relationship - perhaps with a father or a brother, whose personality and behavior are embedded and embodied in the form of an old coat he used to wear. A "greatcoat" - ironically. There are descriptions of the family house: when the narrator makes a return visit, the property is now semi-derelict but the memory appears fully in tact.”
Earlier this month, LYR released a special setting of Armitage’s newest poem, ‘Lockdown’, recorded remotely at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Written in response to the coronavirus restrictions, the track features narration and vocals from the actor Florence Pugh and a visceral sax line from Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham. Proceeds from the release will be donated to Refuge, a UK-based charity providing specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
LYR thrive on the unexpected. As a genre-splicing band, LYR is a nexus of diverse creative disciplines and one of the most thrilling musical prospects of 2020. ‘Call in the Crash Team’ is set to convert any previous sceptics of spoken word, thanks to Armitage’s engaging lyrics and compelling voice — as well as Pearson’s seductive bricolage of musical styles and Walters’ evocative vocals.
The philosophy of sonic exploration manifests in the album’s ambient post-rock passages, jazz flourishes, atonal experimentalism, as well as swoony strings and piano — and some more unusual instrument choices too, such as the kora (West African stringed instrument).
Breaking barriers and building unexpected bridges between different worlds is embedded in the core of LYR — and is a galvanising philosophy for the band as they prepare to unveil their full album.
Photo credit © Matthew Thorne