Squid have released ‘The Blades’, the latest offering from their forthcoming record O Monolith. Following previous entries ‘Swing (In a Dream)’ and ‘Undergrowth’, the track arrives with an accompanying video directed by Kasper Häggström and starring You actor Charlotte Ritchie. Watch and listen below.
According to a press release, ‘The Blades’ is singer Ollie Judge’s favourite Squid song to date.“It’s a lot more vulnerable than stuff we’ve previously done, which can be quite a daunting thing,” he said. “Dan [Carey] and I were talking about vocal delivery and how it would be good to not completely let myself go, and not fall back on shouting because it’s more instantly gratifying. The end of the song is really soft and tender and I don’t think we’ve done something like that before.”
“On the surface it’s a song about police brutality with the last section kind of inspired by The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, although I’ve never read the book, I’ve just seen The Simpsons’ spoof of it,” Judge added. “Narratively it follows a police helicopter pilot’s day, ending with him in bed hearing another pilot circling the skies as if he were taunting him. There’s a deeper meaning in there somewhere of my fear of ego, but I’m still working out which bit of the song that’s coming from.”
O Monolith is slated to arrive on June 9 via Warp Records.