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Squid release new single 'Paddling'

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Squid - 'Paddling'
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Squid have shared their forceful and expansive brand new single, ‘Paddling’.

The track is the Brighton band’s latest effort who are gearing up to release their highly-anticipated debut album, Bright Green Field, on legendary label Warp Records on May 7th. The six-minute bonanza is a wild adventure into the weird world that Squid has carved out for themselves, making their album one of the most noteworthy debut releases of 2021.

A part of Squid’s charm is how they switch vocals continuously throughout their tracks, keeping the listener on their toes. From the laser-synths and erratically arresting vocals to the pinching drum machine loop that ties everything together, Squid go everywhere there is to sonically go on ‘Paddling’ before an abrupt anxiety-inducing, heart in the mouth end.

Commenting on the track, the band say: “Written from two different perspectives, ‘Paddling’ is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind in the Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are ultimately animals that are driven by both modern and primal instincts, leading to vanity and machismo around us in the everyday.”

The track is about paddling away from adult life’s responsibilities, while everybody else seems to have settled for the monotonous grift of 9-5 life. Squid snarl on the track, “There are people inside, When they’re changing and shaping in size, Where you going, don’t wanna go there, You comb your hair and you tense the muscle.”

There’s an unpredictable nature to Squid’s sounds, and ‘Paddling’ is no different and is an assured effort from a band, who look poised to release one of the stand-out debut albums of 2021.

Check out the track below.