LYR – the musical project comprised of musician Richard Walters, producer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson and current UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage – release the official music video for their new single ‘Great Coat’, out today on Mercury KX. The track is the fourth single taken from their upcoming debut album, Call in the Crash Team, out on 26th June.
As with most tracks on the album, ‘Great Coat’ is written from the viewpoint of a fictional character. The song tells the story of an individual remembering and re-living the incidents and details of an oppressive and dangerous family relationship. Distinctly more fast-paced than their previous releases, ‘Great Coat’ combines Armitage’s charged poetic passages and Walters’ powerful vocal melodies with a driving electronic beat. Together, these elements generate a repetitive, cyclical sensation echoing the exasperated emotions of someone trying to escape their forceful gravity of their background.
Speaking of the track, the band says, “It’s the monologue of someone trying to come out from under the shadow of a bullying or abusive relationship – perhaps with a father or a brother, whose personality and behavior are embedded and embodied in the form of an old coat he used to wear. A “greatcoat” – ironically. There are descriptions of the family house: when the narrator makes a return visit, the property is now semi-derelict but the memory appears fully in tact.”
Earlier this month, LYR released a special setting of Armitage’s newest poem, ‘Lockdown’, recorded remotely at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Written in response to the coronavirus restrictions, the track features narration and vocals from the actor Florence Pugh and a visceral sax line from Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham. Proceeds from the release will be donated to Refuge, a UK-based charity providing specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse