Dave Huntriss: Bewilderness
(Afraid of the Radio Recordings)
“This 12 months’s been so unkind to us,” sings Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist, Dave Huntriss in his second latest single launch, Bewilderness.
You possibly can’t argue with the premise. It’s been odd at finest since early 2020. For Huntriss, the shortage of any construction or certainty in his musician’s life pulled the rug out from underneath him so profoundly that at first of lockdown #2, he mainly needed to search a brand new rug to face on. That rug was not within the previously-thriving artistic hub of Bristol, however at his mother and father’ residence in Dorset. Therein lies the premise of this single: going from a state of Bewilderness, isolation within the metropolis, to searching for some sense of solace amongst nature and with household.
It begins with the mournful, “Autumn leaves whisper to me,” the 12 months decaying and life seeming, at finest, muted. However you may as well inform immediately that this ‘starting of the top’ situation is in actual fact a tentative, optimistic starting. These opening phrases include full, wealthy, expansive guitar chords. There could also be a barely weary, fuzzy sound to the guitars and a touch of breathlessness in Huntriss’ vocal. His interior and his exterior world could appear initially jaded, however the observe actually has a gentle, stoical rhythm and a brightness that implies the gradual restoration that ensues.
So a possible plot of ‘Grown man voluntarily marooned in mother and father’ attic in the course of nowhere’, turns into a story of retreat and restoration. It’s a mini-love story to Bristol. He bids it an understated farewell, “Time to depart./ Metropolis’s asleep./ Tiptoe and depart a notice for you:/ Be again quickly;/ No must fuss,” with a way that parting, though painful, is simply non permanent.
The straightforward therapeutic powers of the ocean and residential really feel inspiring. Even the negatives, “There’s nothing left right here for me however bewilderness,” really feel powerfully trustworthy and productive – a hard and fast level from which he can transfer forwards.
Because the music progresses from then (autumn) in direction of now (spring), what appears just a little frayed and frazzled at first turns into hardier, with layers of instrumentation and a few triumphantly warming brass (similar to you may hear Huntriss play with the fabulous Nicholson Heal). There are two transient durations of intensive quiet within the music. One precedes the brass blast and accommodates the concept of looking at “Bristol rain” and “residing in concern of giving up” – a concern that’s overcome.
The ending is the opposite second of peaceable repose. Not solely does the music take a deep breath, however it feels just like the incessant ‘large noise’ of the world and the resultant feelings that may overwhelm are not dominant. We’re left with the “Birds of spring” within the lyrics and within the soothing ambient noises of the outro.
Final 12 months positively felt unkind. This 12 months hasn’t essentially made its thoughts up but. Among the finest elements of 2021 has been the sensation that creativity is as soon as once more beginning to flourish. Bewilderness captures that feeling in 4 uplifting minutes.
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All phrases by Jon Kean. Extra writing by Jon on Louder Than Struggle will be discovered at his writer’s archive. He tweets as @keanotherapy.