Manchester-basedCaulbearerspresent their new upbeat 2-track single, comprised of 'Twisted Cord',an infectious funk-rock offering, and inspiring indiepop B-side 'Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)'.The first sees Caulbearers back with their signature dark funk grooves and bittersweet, multi-layered laments, while the second is a vivacious and sanguine offering.
With pulsating guitar hooks and distorted drum breaks, the song explores different tonalities usually associated with Flamenco, Arabic music and Indian ragas, enhanced by renowned violinistOlivia Moore (Jason Singh, Stuart McCallum, Suns of Arqa), whose own work fuses jazz with Indian classical music. This track also features such acclaimed Manchester musicians as pianistJohn Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra, Stone Roses' John Squire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen)and bassistAlex Berry (The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston, Thea Gilmore, Micah P Hinson).
Fronted byDamien Mahoney, core members included guitaristAnton Hunter(Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), cellistStefan Skrimshireand drummerPhil Bennett. Somerset-based ethereal folk artistRuth Blakealso contributes vocals in her ongoing collaboration with the band.
The lyrics for 'Twisted Cord' explore how intense events in our lives can act like initiations by shaking up, radically changing and enriching our perspectives. Sometimes we need to break down or be broken apart, in order to come back together stronger and with greater understanding. The healing of our wounds over time can transform into wisdom, bringing more colour, depth and detail to the tapestry of our lives.
The song also celebrates the concept of Animism - the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence - a foundational thread for the varied belief systems of many indigenous peoples, who deeply understand the importance of ritual, ceremony, initiation and connection to nature that the majority of us in the west have forgotten.
‘The songs are rarely stories specifically, but more like moods, deep emotional states or parallel worlds that we enter into, where scenarios, perspectives and protagonists can shift and morph with a dream-like quality,” saysDamien Mahoney.
Working with a different artist for each single, 'Twisted Cord' showcases original artwork byBen Taylor, a painter and sculptor who often combines natural materials and up-cycled gems to create incredible, large-scale pieces of work. These reflect Ben’s reverence for nature, plants & magic, depicting some of the profound experiences of ancient spiritual traditions he has been initiated into.
As of February 25, 'Twisted Cord' is available across digital platforms, includingApple MusicandSpotify. It can also be ordered directly from the artist viaBandcamp.
"Impressive... stellar, believable and inspiring.... vocals and lyrics that are heartfelt, hopeful and genuine"~Big Takeover Magazine
"Music worthy of top-dog soundtracks.. Caulbearers struts in with a sonic funkadelic swagger and groovy bassline that recalls early works by the likes of RHCP and No Doubt"~ Spill Magazine
“Funky and original... All music should be this progressive” ~Jammerzine
"Exploring the spiritual ties that bind us as communities" ~God is in the TV
'Texturally rich and gorgeously cinematic... It may rest on the creative shoulders of musical giants, but it has its eyes set firmly on the future"~The Swindonian
Single Cell Recordings
25 February 2022
CREDITS Written, recorded, produced & edited by Damien Mahoney at Padded Cell Studio (except piano & keys recorded by John Ellis at Limefield Studio) Mixed by Seadna Mcphail at Airtight Studios Mastered by Jim Spencer atEve Mastering Single cover artwork by Ben Taylor