Following the release of their debut album To the Top of the Hill and Roll…, London folk-rock duo Pet Deaths are back with a new single titled "All The Things You Said You Were." With their last release being in 2019, the group, composed of Graeme Martin and Liam Karima, provide a teaser for their new sonic direction in 2022.
Despite their slight absence from music, Pet Deaths more than make up for the hiatus with a beautiful, ethereal track melding together the genres of folk, rock, along with elaborate string arrangements and flute passages. Production from Ian Davenport, violinist Art Sawbridge, and saxophonist Jake Parsons provide eerie, cinematic elements which complement the vocals perfectly.
As for the track's meaning, there is a reflective tone present throughout the lyrics. Coupled with the delicate instrumental, the song touches on themes of introspection, humility, and loss. Opening lyrics, "Yet I forget how fragile we can be," indicate these ideas, with an appreciation of the present and a simultaneous remembrance of the past.
Speaking more on the new release, Karima said: "It's a letter to a lost soul, to a loved one. Loss plays a big part in everyone's life and when we go through this motion it evokes a dream like state mantra. The words were written on a reflective walk in Dalston along a small river, where ducks procreate and kids sell drugs. I thought about Virginia Woolf, I thought about my friend, I thought about Caroline Flack I thought about Sylvia Plath. It's a celebration of all the things we had and lost. The letter I sent, still waiting for a reply."
Stream the new single from Pet Deaths "All The Things You Said You Were" here on Spotify and keep an eye out for new music in the near future.