Derbyshire experimental-indie pop band Grawl!x have just announced the release of their forthcoming album ‘Aye!’(out 28th May) and we have the premier for their brand new video for the single ‘Kumquat’. ‘Kumquat’ is a swelling, gorgeous pysch pop song with twitchy drums and harmonic vocal harmonies comparisons are drawn with Panda Bear and Grandaddy.
“Aye! was written over the course of a number of months in an almost abandoned church on a hill in the Derbyshire countryside. Machin would walk to the church in all weathers, never encountering another soul there. Machin explains: “Inside that rather foreboding structure is an old upright piano, displaying a laminated sheet of paper with the words ‘This Piano was Meant to be Played’. So he did, regularly.
This inspired the concept of an entire church tour – with a full band, Grawl!x played numerous tour dates in some of the UK’s most beautiful churches, bringing audiences Machin’s melodic creations as they were originally intended.
The record’s lyrical themes centre around an unfortunate incident involving a mysterious ‘friend’ of the ex-My Psychoanalyst singer and guitarist. Speaking about these themes, Machin said: “Whereas my response to that would have been to mope around, his was to say ‘YES’ to whatever came his way. An affirmative attitude, that I admired.”