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Squid Release New Single “Paddling”- Debut Album due May 7th via Warp Records

March 17, 2021
Photo credit Holly Whitaker. 


Release new single ‘Paddling’

Debut album Bright Green Field out 7th May via Warp Records

Hot on the heels of their debut album announcement, Squid release ‘Paddling’, the second single to be lifted from one of 2021’s most highly anticipated albums Bright Green Field. Produced by Dan Carey, the album will be released 7th May via Warp Records. 

Premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio1 show, ‘Paddling’ has long been a staple of their incendiary live show. This psych-motorik stomper is a reaction to being thrust into an adult world as friends suddenly turn their focus to careers. Built around a drum machine loop and pulsing synth line, sonic details pepper the track as it lurches between dynamic movements. An ever unpredictable beast, Squid shares vocal duties throughout the track with an infectious ease and confidence.

Yet again another absolutely shattering exploration from this profound outfit. Their energy will consume you, this infectious and grand landscape crafted as the track develops throughout, it’s an impressive journey and simply engulfs you. Squid have perfected the art of each musician having enough space and freedom within their far-reaching tracks to truly showcase the impressive talent of that player. Each musician has this platform to find their role which results in this deep layer of intricate elements and biting beats.

Another fierce orchestration created by the band, proudly displaying their intoxicating power. Dynamically shifting that intensity they curate to various aspects of the track and carefully controlling the biting momentum. Another robust, angular creation, filled with prominent beats, daring bass notes, abrasive tone, and immersive vocal attributes. Squid don’t follow rules, they keep their vision engaging with the use of their flawless and unpredictable break downs, mighty stop-starts, and cascading waves of hypnotic textures.

This album will be album of the year, there is no doubt about that. One of the most essential outfits we’ve got right now. Innovative and inspiring, easily the most enthralling acts of our time.

“Written from two different perspectives, ‘Paddling’ is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind in the Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are ultimately animals that are driven by both modern and primal instincts, leading to vanity and machismo around us in the everyday.”

Bright Green Field is an album of towering scope and ambition, it is deeply considered, paced and intricately constructed. With all band members playing such a vital and equal role, this album is very much the product of five heads operating as one.

Bright Green Field features field recordings of ringing church bells, tooting bees, microphones swinging from the ceiling orbiting a room of guitar amps, a distorted choir of 30 voices as well as a horn and string ensemble featuring the likes of, Emma-Jean Thackray and Lewis Evans from Black Country, New Road. However, for all the innovative recording techniques, evolutionary leaps, lyrical themes, ideas and narratives that underpin the album, it’s also a joyous and emphatic record. One, that marries the uncertainties of the world with a curious sense of exploration, as it endlessly twists and turns down unpredictable avenues.

Formed in Brighton, Squid is the brainchild of Louis Borlase (Guitars & Vocals), Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (Keyboards, Strings, Percussion), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars & Vocals).


Resolution Square


Narrator feat Martha Skye Murphy

Boy Racers


Documentary Filmmaker


The Flyover

Peel St

Global Groove


Pre-order BRIGHT GREEN FIELD here: https://squid.ffm.to/bright-green-field


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