Buggs are back with a woozy outpouring of tenderness; in a twang of soaring introspection, ‘Mother’ serves as a sentimental love letter to maternal strength. Side-stepping their usual tongue-in-cheek pessimism, the track welcomes in a softer, more intimate side to the quintet, while still capturing that signature Buggs charm.
‘Mother’ is immediately recognisable as a Buggs track; hazy instrumentals and brooding vocals take hold from the get-go, dousing the track in a thick sense of atmosphere. A raw sentimentality sets this track apart from previous work, however; there is a thread of hope, fear and adoration stitched into the sound.
The track looks to motherhood for inspiration. Speaking on the track, vocalist Alice Western explains: “This song started off being about my own mother, but it ended up being just as much about myself and concepts of motherhood in general. Through looking at someone else and the way they deal with life you also end up looking inward and examining the way you do things too.”
“It’s a cry out to my mother/women of the world asking ‘How do we do this! How do you do this? How do we get through it!’. It’s ok to feel lost, helpless and vulnerable. We all do, all the time. We should sing songs about it and be lost and hopeless together.”
Though Buggs have a small selection of singles out, their sound is already assured and distinctive. Buggs are soundtracking our most intimate thoughts, never failing to craft poignantly sharp anthems.
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Words: Emily Swingle