South Londoners Social Contract have served up a twisted delight with their infectious new track, ‘Buzzard’s Wake’.
The six-minute extravaganza is the title track from the five piece’s forthcoming EP which is due to be released on 12th March through Pantherburn Records and recorded in Hampshire last summer with producer Neil Kennedy. This upcoming release is the Social Contract’s first EP in two years and follows 2019’s Common Tongue. The band’s wide-spanning musical palate seems to diversify with each single as ‘Buzzard’s Wake’ and previous single, ‘Waterside Mews’ sees the group take flight in darker territory than ever before.
“‘Buzzards Wake’ touches on how nature has been an anchor for me while trying to mourn or digest a loss,” frontman Josh Eggerton explains. “When life is changing quickly or moving fast, I find it hard to process or settle my thoughts in the city. But there’s a mere by my house, and whenever I’d walk through its surrounding fields and woods, the timelessness of it all really helped me put that internal chaos to bed.
“There’s something so peaceful and comforting about how my walks there always feel the same, hence my lyrics ‘It won’t ever change / the kettle hole, the glacial mere / it won’t ever change / a cast of wings, the fallow deer.’ It’s like a small oasis of stillness in an ever-shifting world.
“I guess kind of ironically then, this track is one that we’ve let change and shift however it pleases over the years, avoiding cementing it in any way. We wanted to see it grow so we made a point not to demo or record it and only played it in the practice room or on stage. It ended up taking on a sort of life of its own, and this is the first time we’ve captured it in a recording.”
‘Buzzard’s Wake’ might be lengthy, but, the track is well worth persevering with for the mammoth sonic explosion that Social Contract oversees, making for a powerful crescendo to a complex and robust ethos. Get your Sunday started off properly.