By Craig Howieson
Photo Credit: Rosie Sco
Pigeon is the first single from Glasgow band Cloth’s new album Secret Measure. Set for release later this spring, it marks a gentle shift in direction for the duo. Those familiar with their previous work will know that their melting pot of hypnotic slowcore and hushed indie rock is never rushed, with each moment of nuanced transition becoming revelatory as a result. And that is exactly what we are treated to here.
Above an early emo guitar riff akin to American Football’s debut, Rachel Swinton’s voice leads the track into poppier territory than ever before. There is a decidedly 80s vibe to her and her brother Paul’s composition as ghostly harmonics twinkle above a drumbeat that hurries the track through a closing door. Cloth’s music often has a dusky, melancholy feel, but Pigeon is ultimately a track about resilience and self care. As Rachel sings “Breathe in now / Sleep in now, honey / See this out / And don’t go running,” it’s hard to argue with the importance we should place on taking a step back, to prepare for what comes next.
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