Black Country, New Road “Bread Song” Single Review

Photo by Rosie Foster

In anticipation for their second album, Ant’s From Up There, Black Country, New Road have dropped “Bread Song”, following previous single “Chaos Space Marine“.

“Bread Song” has cemented itself as a fan favourite through its debut back in February on a Bandcamp live session. The track is decisively more intimate and tender than “Chaos Space Marine”, focusing on delicate guitar lines that slowly build with lead singer Isaac Wood’s melancholic tone. Lyrically, Wood uses breadcrumbs in bed as a metaphor for rejected intimacy. By taking cues from the everyday, Wood makes the song all the more painfully relatable for listeners. The track is arguably one of the bands’ most emotive yet, as the pain and longing in Wood’s voice drives the rising violin and saxophone.


In reference to Bread Song, Wood states:


“We wanted to do the first chorus with no time signature. I went to see Steve Reich do Music for 18 Musicians and there’s a piece where a bar length is determined by the breadth of the clarinet player, they just play until they run out of breath. I wanted to try that with the whole band, where we don’t look at each other, we don’t make too many cues, we just try and play without time – but together.”

“Bread Song” emphasises the band’s talent for creating gorgeous, intricate textures in their instrumentation, as well as cementing Isaac Wood as one of the most interesting lyricists to have emerged over the past few years.

Listen to the track below!

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