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Noah and the Whale’s Last Night on Earth

29 Dec

Noah and the Whale‘s Last Night on Earth is a country-inspired album of folky indie-rock narratives brimming with raw-sounding instrumental pieces and retro-style synth work.

Its lyrics are rife with imagery, and although the songs are upbeat in melody, the stories they tell often twist down dark social corridors.

What was particularly striking to me about this album was the music video for “Life is Life”, whose lyrics touch on the common human experience of wanting to abandon one’s own life, in a sense to escape one’s own self. I don’t want to give the game away about how they put this across in terms of imagery, suffice it to say that I was impressed by the video’s initial confusion and sudden twist of clarity at the end.

Noah and the Whale work well with wordplay in their lyrics and offer commentary that is thought-provoking when applied to one’s own context.