Elbow return with new track ‘Dexter & Sinister’, released digitally and as a limited edition one sided 10” single with lyric etching on the B-side.
‘Dexter & Sinister’ is an exact seven minutes of new music, an epic melding of ominous, creeping grooves and deity denying lyrics that bursts into a sweeping second phase of lament and redemption.
The track was initially recorded at Clouds Hill Studios, Hamburg, a building crammed with old, beautifully preserved, analogue equipment that encouraged the band to experiment and play live in the room, an essential part of its genesis according to keyboardist and producer Craig Potter.
Listen to ‘Dexter & Sinister’ by Elbow on the Official Premier League Music playlist on Spotify.
On their new single, Potter said, ‘We haven’t sat around and played like that in a long time. The looseness in the track definitely comes from us playing live in the room and, on the second part, we decided not to play to a click to really allow the tune to breathe.”
The track takes its title from heraldry where Dexter (Right) and Sinister (Left) represent the two sides of an escutcheon bearing a coat of arms.
‘Dexter & Sinister’ is, in lyricist and singer Guy Garvey’s own words: “A great, big, bewildered question dealing with my feelings on Brexit, the loss of family and friends and the general sense of disaffection you see all around at the moment.”
The track features additional vocals from long term friend of the band, Jesca Hoop.