in earnest – put me under (Review)

in earnest – put me under

Formed in early 2019, in earnest unveil their debut single, taken from their upcoming EP. Titled ‘put me under’, the first single tells just one side of the band’s story. With an ethereal essence to their songwriting, their arrangements use a continual call and response from two perspectives. Aiming to encourage conversation around mental health ‘put me under’ is truly honest and a personal moment that will always be important in the band’s repertoire. The trio from Southend on Sea are set to become the fresh face of alternative indie by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah and Thomas.

Written from Sarah’s perspective, the songwriter had this to say on the number; “I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, to the point where I can’t hold down jobs or be left alone for too long. In my loneliness I am awash with negative thoughts. The song is about feeling overcome by an invisible illness, but knowing it’s a lot easier to cope in the company of a dog.” Using layers of reverb mixed with exceptional ambient soundscapes, the organic recording style resonates with fans of Elliott Smith and even Jeff Buckley.

A wonderful single from one of my new favourite bands.

Score: 5/5


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