SOUTHEND trio In Earnest have taken their bow in the world with a delicate, emotive single, “Put Me Under”.
The band say the single “is an honest, personal account of depression and loneliness, aiming to encourage conversation around mental health”.
It has a transatlantic folk-rock delicacy, with the vocals of front-couple Sarah and Thomas tracing out a filigree of emotional expression that looks at the precarious sadness of the suicidal, moving from echoed acoustics to a grander, cathartic conclusion.
The single is written from singer Sarah’s perspective. “I suffer from chronic anxiety and depression, to the point where I can’t hold down jobs or be left alone for too long. In my loneliness I am awash with negative thoughts. The song is about feeling overcome by an invisible illness, but knowing it’s a lot easier to cope in the company of a dog.”
The track was captured live in one room without resort to click tracks or autotune, and carries a little something of that hallow that The Cowboy Junkies captured on The Trinity Session.
In Earnest formed in 2019 from the ashes of folksters The Carousel, who counted performances at Cambridge Folk Festival among their gigs.
Find out more about In Earnest at https://www.inearnest.co.uk/