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COLOURS BY TREKKAH, FANG JR.
It’s hard to listen to the first few bars of this track and not relax into a deep exhalation, getting all of that seriousness, stiffness and tension off your chest. Just for a moment.
Your brows soften and your shoulders drop.
Trekkah and Fang Jr are conducting a meditation. A meditation on the fleeting transience of all things, of the present moment, of the current conditions of life which seem to move so slowly but which will certainly go by in a flash.
This is one of those all too precious reminders that we should be eternally grateful for the bountiful bottomless brunch that is this experience and the incarnation that we’ve been born into.
Life is made beautiful because of its transience. If it was forever, nothing in it would have any significance. Nothing would be sacred and nothing worthwhile would be worth doing.
We think we have all the time in the world to make things happen for ourselves, to live the life and to realize the dream that we’ve been carrying around with us our whole life.
We take things for granted.
“We’ve always got tomorrow, don’t we? Let’s just leave it until then”
“I’m too busy to focus on & enjoy the simple things, I’m doing work!”
So we tell ourselves, all too often.
Surely recent times have shown us that this isn’t so and what we thought would be forever, what we thought was strong and stable has a very limited life span.
This is what ‘Colours’ is telling me. Although no doubt influenced by 2020, this message is eternal and the form that this message is being delivered in here is beautiful.
Soft, warm, simple and clear.
Isn’t that how we should all be communicating with each other? Instead of being in a rush, wanting to impose our opinion on others and running from one task to the next we might want to use this winter to reconnect with family, with relationships, with good food and with the simplest things that life has on offer for us right now.
Let’s not try to fill every waking moment with content to consume, with urgent things to do, with an eye to productivity and constant improvement.
Let’s pause, acknowledge what we have in front of us.
Let’s appreciate the shapes, textures and the colours.
SAVOIR FAIRE BY WE THREE KINGS
As soon as those vamps came a-knockin’ on my eardrums, my face instinctively contorted itself into a smirk, my head started shaking left to right and my heels started hitting the ground.
Something about this track immediately fills me up with a simple, maybe primal, joy. This track by Manc-based trio We Three Kings is taking me back to the 2000’s with a sound that is not overly-produced nor overly-convoluted.
You’re not going to find this one on fucking TikTok. This is real ROCK, the likes of which we just don’t hear much of anymore.
There aren’t any unnecessary frills or pretensions in their new track ‘Savoir Faire’. There isn’t a strong, political message nor is there any attempt to be anything other than FUCKING SOLID.
That’s how I would describe this track.
Before I get to even properly listen to the lyrics, I’m blown away by the vocals on that chorus! Shheeeesh. I have to give props to Rich, lead vocalist in the band. Those are some serious pipes you’ve got on ya, man.
Turns out the lyrics themselves and their story are nothing new – a story of being viscerally captivated by a (possibly black magic) woman.
Well shit, say no more.
This isn’t the track for poetry and plot twists. This is a track for hard feels, and I am feeling them.
In this modern world of superfluous, superficial social media nonsense, where 90% of our lives are lived through a screen and uploaded to the cloud, we need this.
We need a reminder of what it was like to feel the rough-sounding, heart-pounding eruption of volcanic hormones through your fucking skull. A reminder of what it felt to be tangibly alive.
Now that I put the pieces together, there’s something about this track which, for me – and I mean this in the most complimentary way possible – is adolescent.
The band and the track itself are clearly mature but the feeling that I’m getting from listening to ‘Savoir Faire’ takes me back to those days when I was being introduced to the music that made life worth living: again, fucking solid ROCK.
Nevermind the myrrh.
We Three Kings have really stepped it up this winter and brought us a gift that keeps giving: their tunes.
Reviewed by Liam MacGregor-Hastie