Track by Track: White Room - Eight EP
Find out all about the band's new release.
Published: 4:31 pm, December 01, 2017
White Room have today released their brand new double EP via Deltasonic Records, the appropriately titled ‘Eight’, featuring - you guessed it - eight tracks including recent singles ‘Stole The I.V’, ‘Take Me Away’ and ‘Cable-Built Dreamland’. Frontman Jake Smallwood talks through the release in its entirety, from intro ‘The Blue’ through to closing opus ‘Circles’.
So we start off with 'The Blue'. A track to invite and introduce you to the new found utopia that is ‘Eight’. The vocals are inspired by a Master of Ceremonies type of character; slightly flamboyant and theatrical. “Welcome to the circus” so to speak.
Tomorrow Always Knew
'Tomorrow Always Knew' is about growth and progression. Letting go of the things in life that hold you back or bring you down. It’s about taking charge of your own future and not just accepting the road you’re heading down as fate. Don’t let outside circumstances dictate your own race in life. Sometimes the most obvious things in life are on the window-sill right in front of you.
Stole The I.V.
This is one of the first tracks on ‘Eight’ which kickstarted the whole project really. It was also the first recording we had done with Josie (bassist) in the band, so it really felt as if it was the start of something new. The positive nature of the lyrics set a precedence to the themes that interlock the tracks on ‘Eight’.
Take Me Away
This track we have had for a fair while, and it's been through countless incarnations. We even recorded it before but never released it as we weren’t quite happy with how it came out in the end. We freshened it all up and changed the whole arrangement, and suddenly it all seemed to click in place. The outro was written in the studio, and it feels perfect as the final track of side A with the constant cycling build of guitars, organs and vocals climbing towards the climax.
Onto the start of side B, 'Cannibal Song' shoots you straight back into the world of ‘Eight’. The playful, childlike nature of the music and melody mixed with the darker, slightly comedic vocals makes for a rather pretty little nightmare.
'Cable-Built Dreamland' is about people’s narcissistic obsession with how they are perceived online; the mask they create behind which they disguise their true selves. It’s a group of friends sat around a table, all with phone in hand, silent. The metaphor of the Cyberman depicts the limbo between reality and the digital world we are slowly being engulfed by.
This one actually started its life a folk tune Tristan and I wrote together, but when we began to work on demos for it, we started to delve into cross percussion styles influenced by 'Pet Sounds' and orchestral builds inspired by George Martin’s work. We got a load of toys involved in the recording of this track like little blow organs and crappy synths. Got to get my hands on a Minimoog for the middle eight synth solo too which was a dream to work with.
The final instalment of 'Eight', titled ‘Circles’, denotes a full stop but also infinity with the song itself calling for inclusivity and tolerance, succinctly tying together all the themes in the EP. The chorus lyrics were actually very literal as when I was writing it, I looked out my window, and there was a load of people running around and around in a large circle outside my house. We live in Brighton. This sort of thing happens!
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