We are honoured to premiere the new track ‘Up’ by Bridgwater band Bridges – an epic and regal indie pop tune replete with cascading guitars and delicate vocal interplay. The heavenly harmonies between Ethan Proctor (guitar, vocals) and Chess Williams (keys, vocals) float over a vibrant and muscular guitar sound that thunders underneath: there is a dynamism and energy that is infectious.
The themes are universal, as the band explains:
It can take a long time to figure things out; sometimes it’s best to let things play out. Not all things work out in the end and looping scenarios over in our heads doesn’t usually help anyone. Up is about that feeling we all get, and that sometimes it’s important to just let loose, enjoy the moment and not worry about how things will work out. It’s a song about experimenting, that feeling at the end of a night out, and mainly to not place so much pressure on ourselves.
Above all though, there is a feeling of catharsis and emotion over the thrumming rhythms. In the vocals, I am reminded of the tones of bands like Gene, and there is gorgeous scything guitars and celestial, melodic anthemic choruses that lifts this song high above the pack. Elements of Frightened Rabbit and Elbow also spring to mind.
‘Up’ will be on the newly announced EP ‘Empty Galleries’ being released in October 2021.
Bridges are Josh Redman Thomas (guitar), Henry Matthews (bass) and Tom Farkas (drum).