Yngve & The Innocent – Draw a Line (single)

Draw a Line coverYngve & The Innocent (can I pluralise that? Are the rest of the band Innocents? Answers on a postcard) have been busy. Towards the end of 2010 they released the Nothing Was Delivered EP – reviewed here – and now we have this double single. Nominally the single is ‘Draw A Line’, but I think it’s more sensible to consider the flip as integral to the release… I think the term is double a-side.

Both tracks would have fitted into the EP very neatly, so I suspect there was not a huge length of time between their respective recording sessions. ‘Draw A Line’ opens with some chirpy piano and bluesy classic rock & roll guitar. It’s a lengthy song, slow-paced but leisurely rather than ponderous, with some easy and smooth lead guitar work that sounds like something out of a nother time. Lyrically the song engages with the idea of moving on: it will all work out, right? The song’s like those little moments of almost-contentedness that begin to emerge a little while after you’ve been dumped. Draw a line, the song says, and step over it. After all, “The people who leave are never as important as those that stay”.

‘Changing Tracks’ is a much more withdrawn and sombre track, and even lengthier than ‘Draw a Line’ at a shade over seven minutes. Again it’s piano-led, with some fuzzed-up bluesy lead guitar hanging back through the verses but filling out the choruses quite significantly; the drums and bass are equally restrained throughout, allowing the vocals to take centre stage. Thematically, the song is about being unable to lose someone, particularly someone who the narrator fought so hard to get. There’s a deep sense of regret, here, that while “I can’t lose you” is sung it’s being said after the fact, and it’s already late. And when “I’m turning back” is sung it feels like that regret is being tied up with regression, that the lover who was lost made the singer a better person.

Both tracks highlight the band’s musical chops less than they do their songwriting skill and admirable sense of restraint; thematically, they present two different sides of a coin, two responses to a painful and difficult situation that – realistically – most people will find themselves oscillating between as their mood shifts from optimism to pessimism and back again. It’s an admirable release.

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