‘In Vain’ is the debut single from elusive newcomer Evil Bone, and it’s a blur of hushed lyrics and hazy reverb that’ll ease your anxious mind. The track premiered on Louder Than War earlier this week, and is now available to stream on Spotify.
Evil Bone combines instrumentation and vocals – inspired by modern psych-guitar music, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala & Anderson Paak – “to marry the colourful sounds and soulful vibes that these styles of music respectfully portray”. But it’s not just about forming these dreamy soundscapes; Evil Bone’s words are of equal importance.
Speaking about ‘In Vain’, Evil Bone explains:
“in order for me to convey what i want people to take from this record, my choice of words are of high importance to me. music alone has the ability evoke feeling, but to truly paint the picture i wanted to, i’ve chosen topics that are close to my heart. for this particularly piece, the topic is anxiety, something that i have struggled with for many years, something that has burdened my soul and held me back from being completely who i would like to be.
anxiety disorder can take over your day to day life, by your side at all times. it holds you hostage – you begin to wonder what life is like on the outside. wouldn’t it be great to be free!? …or would it? maybe this is it now.
like a former lover that won’t leave you be, sometimes you get sucked back in before you even realise it. it makes your head spin, but maybe that’s not entirely a bad thing? your own warped view of the world. more often than not, however, it is both mentally and physically crippling, and though you may try to fight it, your efforts to extinguish these feelings are often in vain.”
Evil Bone’s efforts are Elysium to our ears, and ‘In Vain’ is an impressive debut from this sensitive and talented artist. Listen to the track below, and follow Evil Bone on Twitter for more updates.