Wiltshire-based act Wasuremono have today revealed that they will be releasing not one but two albums this year – well, two parts of a double album called Let’s Talk. With touring cancelled for the last year, primary songwriter William Southward has had more time to work on new material and the band have had the time to construct it all into two record-length parts. The first part, Let’s Talk Pt. 1 arrives on April 23 via The Wilderness.
They’ve shared a new single from Pt. 1 called “I Feel Fine (Hallelujah)”, with Southward saying:
“Dark and brooding, with moments of light and glitter, this is one of the first songs I wrote on the album. Some songs I develop over time, but this one came to me really quickly. I really like its structure, with the uplifting chorus to counter its darker verses, all of which builds to this big euphoric “Hallelujah” ending, that is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek. The song I think is a celebration of life and death. The acceptance of the inevitability and finality of death, and the feelings and emotions that go with that.“
Wasuremono’s combination of light and dark makes for a highly addictive – and surprisingly groovy – result on “I Feel Fine”. Southward’s lyrics seem to be doing battle with depression, but the way his falsetto harmonises with his bandmates gives the sentiments a lightness that suggests someone not letting it all get on top of them. The chorus hits and it’s as if a weight is lifted – or maybe Wiltshire’s just past caring – but the rousing sentiment of “I feel fine / love is blind” sounds like the kind of wisdom that comes when you’ve come to accept maybe you needn’t be so dour, we’re all in this together, after all. The chorus of “hallelujah”s at the end might be tongue-in-cheek, but as they’re joined by a bright synth melody, it’s hard not to feel genuinely uplifted and want to sing along.
Wasuremono’s Let’s Talk Pt. 1 arrives on April 23 via The Wilderness Records. You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.