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Varun Govil
Varun Govil

Musician and writer based in Leeds. Like a bit of noise rock, bit of gentle folk, bit of it all. 

Experimental Vanguards Black Country, New Road Share ‘Snow Globes’ From Sophomore Album ‘Ants From Up There’

Wasting no time after releasing one of 2021’s most compelling albums, experimental seven-piece Black Country, New Road are continuing to ramp up to their fully formed follow-up. With early singles from ‘Ants From Up There’ proving that the outfit were not just a one-note flash in the pan, latest release ‘Snow Globes’ shows yet another face that the band wear beautifully.

Further refining their cinematic, almost post-rocking approach to post-punk and jazz improvisation, Black Country, New Road take a patient, dynamic approach on their most recent single. With gentle strings, choral vocals, and tender horns latching onto a unified melody, ‘Snow Globes’ shows the band at the height of their chemistry. 

Continuing to experiment though, even when at their most subdued, Black Country, New Road hurl a disjointed, jazz drum solo into the otherwise melancholy chapter of their album. As drummer Charlie Wayne says in his own words, “​​The initial idea was to feel like the drums were recorded for a completely separate track. They were meant to be totally arrhythmic and just sort of bubble below the surface – like at the end of White Ferrari”. 

Listen/watch ‘Snow Globes’ here: