I’ve been holding off writing about this slow burner to let it sink into my head. It’s all things good; poetic, brooding, complex, Scottish and oh so much more.
‘Death Dream’ was released as a pre-album release teaser, just a small bite to let us know that Frightened Rabbit are still producing thoughtful, relevant, beautiful music. The subject of this song is in the title, it captures the irrational fears dreams can cause. The beginning has all sorts of shades of King Creosote going on, Scott Hutchison (vocal/guitar) has managed to fuse a lyric dripping in bleak imagery with a sound that grows increasingly optimistic as the song reaches its climax.
The Celtic peoples have a soft place in their hearts for melancholic songs of lose and grief, which Hutchison does in spades, but Frightened Rabbit still manage to capture the vibrancy of modern urban Scotland in their well crafted and beautifully observed songs, even after a period of time spent in America.
Fans of Hutchison’s voice and misanthropic perceptive gaze will love this, in the tradition of Pink Floyd, Frightened rabbit team difficult lyrics to sublime music.
The new album, Painting of a Panic Attack, is out now but if you’ve not had a chance to hear that yet, this is a good place to start! Enjoy the audio below