Rising Brighton band Lime Garden are back with the follow up to May’s breakout single “Sick & Tired”. The new song is called “Pulp”, and had a fairly unusual origin, as the band’s singer and co-songwriter Chloe Howard reveals:
“The song was inspired by a surreal dream myself and Annabel [Whittle] fashioned, imagining a man covered in orange pulp dancing through underground streets. We tried to capture that feeling of absurdity within this track. The Simon character takes its reference from a dark nursery rhyme type character, but it’s someone we’d still want to dance with!”
Where “Sick & Tired” found them exhausted, now on “Pulp” they have found a way to become wired – but in a paranoid and hallucinatory way. The surrealism of the above quote is fully explored in “Pulp”, which begins with a description of their protagonist ‘Simon’; “he’s got blonde skin and pulp between his teeth / he’s got nothing underneath.” This colourful mania is translated to the instrumental, where a fast-paced click keeps us on edge, while a squelchy bounce keeps the song hopping forward like someone who’s had a caffeine overdose. They launch into the chorus with a rush of guitars and a sardonic take on the classic “Simon says” nursery rhyme, their disaffected tone making it kind of creepy. This unsettling tone then infects the song, with Howard spiralling into delusions; “watch your back, you never know where he’ll locate / if he’s using you as bait,” she pontificates, before begging “help me out please, stop this dream.” Unfortunately, it’s too late, and Lime Garden fill the conclusion of “Pulp” with echoing effects and riffs that swallow their singer, as if she’s being pulled down into Simon’s lair.
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