Last month, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph and producer Marcus Mackay emerged as new band Out Lines and announced their debut album ‘Conflats’.
Out on 27th October via Rock Action, the album has been inspired by conversations James and Kathryn had with the users of Platform, a multi-arts and community space in Glasgow. They translated some of the stories that they heard there into lyrics, with Marcus then helping to shape the overall sound of the record.
At the time, James described putting the interviews of people into the music as: “pretty much one of the most stressful situations you could put yourself under whilst writing music. These people came and didn’t hold back, they told us everything. It wasn’t a case of you had to dig it out of them”.
After sharing album opener ‘Buried Guns’ last month, the band are now back with another cut from the record, ‘There Is A Saved Place’. It’s a dramatic slice that features spoken word from James, who also exchanges lyrics with Kathryn. It’s propelled by a simple yet haunting piano melody, which opens up into cacophonous yet dusty percussion.
Speaking of how the track came together, James said: “When we were practising/writing ‘There Is a Saved Place’, Kathryn suggested that I do some sort of spoken word part within the song. At first I was a little hesitant but I said I’d go home and see what I could come up with. I sat in my flat and thought about a conversation we had with one of the many people we spoke with in Platform. I remembered his words really resonated with me”.
Listen to ‘There Is A Saved Place’ below.