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“This Island” is a pertinent, current snapshot of the nation’s conscience from TV Priest

24 August 2020, 09:19 | Written by Susan Hansen

With its innate traces of anxiety and emotional unrest, “This Island” shows, yet again, that Hand in Hive signees TV Priest are making waves in the build-up to the release of their debut album Uppers this November.

With sizeable positioning in the pulsating rhythm of Krautrock melded with the dark, poetic textures of Joy Division, TV Priest are chiselling an identity, and it's making the prospect of their coming record all the more exhilarating.

Their newest track “This Island” renders an intimate, compelling depiction with a hint of what awaits. Hypnotic and wholly engrossing, the song represents a renewed boost of inspired thought and ingenuity. Melodic and intentionally gripping, it grapples with a need for purpose and meaning.

Singer and frontman Charlie Drinkwater explains that it's “about incoherence and inarticulate responses, both personal and political, in a time and place you don’t fully understand anymore.”

“It’s an unrequited love letter, and a howl of frustration; a mea culpa and a call to arms. We wrote this to an increasingly nationalistic and isolationist drumbeat playing out at home and abroad, and frankly we are scared and appalled.”

Acting in response to parochialist trends, which the singers deems “rampant in the UK”, “This Island” offers this “howl of frustration” in an indicative search for enlightenment in uncertain times.

“As artists we aren’t offering up solutions for living,” says Drinkwater, “but maybe we can extend a hand and let someone know that you aren’t alone in feeling under prepared in your responses yet powerful in your convictions.

“That small boats can still make big waves. That we have a world to win.”

"This Island" is out now via Hand in Hive, and Uppers will release on 13 November, available to pre-order now. FInd TV Priest on Instagram.
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