“His ineffably talented vocals are something to behold”
For anyone yet to fall in love with Somebody’s Child’s unique spin on atmospheric indie rock Somebody’s Child is the songwriting project of Irish talent Cian. So far we’ve been blessed with three singles all of which have garnered significant radio plays, particularly on Radio X. This attention resulted in slots both at Reading and Leeds (on the BBC Introducing Stage) and at John Kennedy’s 20 year celebration at Flat Iron Square, where we were first introduced to him. His ineffably talented and comfortably idiosyncratic vocals are something to behold and the music beneath them is so triumphantly good it’s outstanding.
Jungle is the best yet. It’s a song about loneliness and loss; pain and pressures; anguish and anxiety — the emotions that seem to sum up the zeitgeist of the temperate political climate we live in, characterised by lies and façades on the behalf of those meant to be protecting and leading us. It’s perfect.
‘A stunner… it works perfectly’.
From the outset, the opening notes of that guitar riff that proceeds to run through the whole song, it’s obvious it’s going to be a stunner. The drum beat is both pronounced, a significant presence throughout, and soft enough to not be overbearing; the music of the track, particularly in the chorus, is chaotic and almost discordant — reflecting the underlying message — yet it works perfectly. But they’re barely a footnote in the song compared to both the vocals and the lyrics. His vocals are raspy and echoing, with a distinctively hard edge on them that ensures each and every individual line retains its sense of power and hurt, as he asks questions of us as listeners: are we running? Are we fighting? Are we holding onto what we’ve lost? The solution he offers is simple: to start again, to live the life that we want to somewhere else, untouched by modern society. His vocals, then, become almost jarring in their emotiveness; you can pretty much see the pain conjured in front of you, let alone hear it, and it’s hauntingly, despairingly catchy.
The only problem with the song is that it ends.
Words: James O’Sullivan @jsully2510