Formed of three previously released singles and a brand new track, Southend-based musician BLAB‘s debut EP Word Of Mouth is the sound of what happens when you fully embrace your own choices and lean into the raw power each moment. Released via Cool Thing Records, BLAB aka Frances Murray combines direct lyrics with infectious guitar riffs to push past personal and political frustrations, providing her listeners with sharply observed judgements on both.
Fuelled by her disdain for current political policies, opener ‘Eton Mess’ is a rumbling “anti-fascist anthem” that proudly sticks two fingers up to the establishment. It’s one of two tracks that see BLAB take aim at the crushing nature of conformity, with the restless ‘Insurance’ providing another dose of much needed eye-rolling at conventional ideas of power and success.
It’s on new “anti-love song” ‘If Only’ and astrology-inspired single ‘Gemini’ that BLAB is at her strongest – refreshingly vulnerable with her revelations but still retaining her rebellious attitude. Lyrically, ‘If Only’ is littered with heteronormative paraphernalia, culminating in the realisation that you can’t rely on someone else to be the foundation of your happiness. On ‘Gemini’, she filters the pain of unrequited love filtered through an astrological lens, combining catchy guitar riffs with her bittersweet lyrics to work through her mixed emotions.
On Word Of Mouth, BLAB cuts through barbed emotional moments, softening unsettling realisations and firmly communicating her anti-establishment, anti-ego message. “I’m not even really consciously trying to do anything,” BLAB comments about her EP, “I’m just doing what I want, writing what I love and talking about my life.” This approach to song-writing reaffirms narratives of independence and individuality within her music, and we can’t wait to hear more of it in the near future.
Listen to Word Of Mouth below.
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