Straight outta the traps, the new single from David McGregor and his collaborators is a grand slice of indiepop laced with melody, harmony and the kind of kind of abrasive but bitter hilarious self-deprecation that we all need a bit of in a bleak and thoroughly miserable January.
The first Broken Chanter material since David signed to Glasgow indie institution Chemikal Underground (and let’s just say that Chem don’t just sign too many artists these days), it is again produced by Chem’s redoubtable Paul Savage and is a taster for the third BC album (‘Chorus Of Doubt’), out this spring along, along with an initial brace of launch shows.
Using a staccato guitar riff as a jump-off point, the words reference extreme anxiety, passive aggression (“a threat encased in a pillow”), resentments (“posh boys cradling Stella”) and the importance of watching out for others, and yourself (“You’re keeping the best in mind, but the best changes all the time”) – it isn’t exactly a happy record but it’s an honest one and also references the feeling that time is running out, whether for world peace or happiness, the words are too cleverly elusive to specify.
The collaborators on this track are Charlotte Printer on bass, Bart Owl on additional guitar and Martin Johnston on drums. There’s also a great guitar solo and the track ends at a tad over three minutes, perfect economically edited powerpop. It’s fair to say that this sounds exactly like a Broken Changer track should do in early 2024, and if that isn’t recommendation enough dear readers then you must have cloth ears!