Half Formed Things have released February, the first in a planned trilogy of singles from their forthcoming debut studio album To Live in the Flicker.
February showcases a more dynamic aspect of the Edinburgh’s band’s trademark lush, harmony-driven sound, following their darkly suspenseful 2017 non-album single Embers (featured as “Single of the Week” on Janice Forsyth’s BBC Radio Scotland show). “The objective for this song was ‘Colour of Spring-era Talk Talk meets The Bangles’”, says drummer Stewart McLachlan, who also engineered and produced the album sessions. “February is, at its core, a pop song, but one that really drags you through the wilderness. The production process was suitably experimental.”
“February has always been something of an outlier in the set, a burst of fury amongst the prettier tunes.” adds pianist/vocalist Morgan Hosking. “We were keen to emphasise that dichotomy and create a record that continually changes “scenery” as it hurtles forward.”
The song’s roots go back as far as 2001. “The original song was written as a coping mechanism for a past childhood trauma”, says guitarist/vocalist Matthew Bakewell. “Overhauling and rewriting it with Half Formed Things, I realised that it was not about denying or ignoring the past, but about embracing it and ultimately gaining self-forgiveness. Sharing this experience with Nici, Morgan and Stewart has been more enriching and cathartic than I can express.”
“Now that the line-up has expanded we were excited to experiment with the new textural elements on record as well as on stage,” adds newest member, percussionist/vocalist Nici Hosking, who makes her recorded debut with the band on February. “February was the first track we laid down together as a band and felt like the perfect opportunity to dive into three-part vocal arrangement and layered percussion parts.”
After spending December and January recording the majority of To Live in the Flicker, the band will be performing a headline set at Edinburgh’s Mash House with special guest I Am Pluto, on April 28th, with further tour dates and festival appearances TBA. The next single from the album is expected to be released during the Summer.
Half Formed Things are Matthew Bakewell, Morgan Hosking, Nici Hosking and Stewart McLachlan.
Listen to February below:
(Photo Credit – Louise McLachlan)