Complimenting their recently released single, the Manchester-based eclectic music collective known as Caulbearers has come back to drop us a sonic hi-five with the ethereal video for the B-side ‘Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)’, filmed by Ben Taylor with editing, post-production and visual effects by Latent Variables.
The title track – a funky vibing single ‘Twisted Cord’ is eloquent and inspirational classic Manchester-style funk-rock (think Stone Roses), while ‘Synching’ is like a potent spring-filled melange of electro-folk, indie pop and dream pop, following up on the slower, more spacious and meditative sound of the tracks they released in 2021 – ‘Burst Through The Borders’ and ‘Solid Supposed’.
Fronted by Damien Mahoney, core members included guitarist Anton Hunter(Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), cellist Stefan Skrimshire and drummer Phil Bennett. Somerset-based ethereal folk artist Ruth Blake also contributes vocals in her ongoing collaboration with the band. Mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble, Happy Mondays) and mastered by Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Charlatans, Factory Floor),
About ‘Synching’, Mahoney says:
“This song is about how observing our own natural breath and physical sensations in the body can be so effective to access & transform buried emotions. Often we have learnt to ignore our true feelings from a young age and rely on external coping mechanisms to numb pain or to ‘get out if it’, so we can feel disassociated from our bodies at times of stress and anxiety. As the psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk says, ’The Body Keeps The Score!’ The song asks ‘what’s gonna be your dummy next?’ In my experience, we often subtly try to swap one ‘dummy’ or addiction for another, rather than staying present to really feel what is happening in our bodies. if we can ‘turn the noise down’ enough to listen, they are an incredible source of wisdom for us.”
On the other hand, ‘Twisted Cord’ is about how intense events in our lives can act like initiations by shaking up, radically changing and enriching our perspectives and features several acclaimed Manchester musicians, including pianist John Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra, Stone Roses’ John Squire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen) , renowned violinist Olivia Moore (Jason Singh, Stuart McCallum, Suns of Arqa) and bassist Alex Berry (The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston, Thea Gilmore, Micah P Hinson).
The single’s cover features artwork by painter / sculptor Ben Taylor, combining natural materials and up-cycled gems to create incredible, large-scale artworks. These reflect Ben’s reverence for nature, plants & magic, depicting some of the profound experiences of ancient spiritual traditions he has been initiated into.
Written, recorded, produced & edited by Damien Mahoney at Padded Cell Studio (except piano & keys recorded by John Ellis at Limefield Studio)
Mixed by Seadna Mcphail at Airtight Studios
Mastered by Jim Spencer at Eve Mastering
Cover artwork by Ben Taylor
Video directed by Ben Taylor, Damien Mahoney & Latent Variables.
Filmed by Ben Taylor.
Video editing, post-production and visual effects by Latent Variables