‘The earlier spark… erupting halfway through before gradually fading to nothing’

Plymouth based quintet’s latest single ‘Time’ is an ineffably chilling voyage into how we spend our lives. Opening with gentle, lo-fi crooning over tranquil guitar, the song starts in waves, the vocals lapping against the edge of your awareness; it fades, slowly coming in and out of focus. Propelled forward by the flame of frontman Charlie Noordewier’s almost embittered vocals and an influx of more understated instrumentals, the song slowly builds; the earlier spark catching in the suffocating reality presented by the song, erupting halfway through before gradually fading to nothing almost as quickly as it came.

‘Each individual piece of the musical whole gets a few moments to shine through the murky darkness’

On Time each individual piece of the musical whole gets a few moments to shine through the murky darkness; the vocals taking on some electronic harmonising as the guitar and drums drive inexorably forward like the sudden prominence of the bass guitar during the second verse, rather than its typical trope of remaining in obscurity. The song’s beloved nature is obvious; each member giving part of themselves to truly make the song what it is.

“Sometimes the reminder that you can slow down and take things at your own speed despite societal pressures is desperately needed, and for that the Time succeeds tremendously.”

Lyrically, Time isintensely hopeful and reassuring. The acclamation that “Time is only time” becomes almost devastatingly simple; it’s easy to get caught up in the maelstrom of monotony in daily life. To paraphrase the famous John Lennon quote, “Life happens while you’re making plans”; sometimes the reminder that you can slow down and take things at your own speed despite societal pressures is desperately needed, and for that the Time succeeds tremendously.

Time slowly builds for the majority of the song, yet the payoff seems a little lacklustre for what it costs; the track could have been so much more given what it had to work with. As the seconds tick by, the finale seems ever so incrementally underwhelming and you’re left feeling slightly cheated. Saying this, though, Time reflects a band coming to grasp with their chemistry, their writing and their sound. If it’s any indication, it seems they might finally have found it. The future’s looking bright.

It’s Time to give The Native a listen.

8/10

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Words: James O’Sullivan @jsully2510