Huntly’s ‘Please’ is your new sad banger
HUNTLY’s current manifesto is ‘get sad, write a banger’ which is a much-needed bout of melancholic optimism for the abysmal state of 2016. ‘Please’ is their latest manifesto contribution, after their widely popular ‘We Made It’ which garnered international praise and over 400 000 plays on Spotify.
‘Please’ is a tropical garage/2 step beat plagued by singers, Charlie’s and Elspeth’s aches for a lost lover. Continuing their theme of self-described “Doofs you can cry to,” ‘Please’ is a story of longing, anguish and catharsis. Throughout, Charlie and Elspeth harmonise their cries of “If I could go only go back”, it’s emotionally honest yet never gloomy. It’s crying on a sunny day or breaking up with someone during a Sunday session.
‘Please’ is a track with an optimistic inertia; it doesn’t slow down but by the end, Huntly are laying it all bare. Elspeth croons that she is “Waiting for real life to begin,” and Charlie swears that he will write his ex-lover out. Huntly are capitalising on emotional honesty, and in an interview with i-D, they said, “My motto is to embrace vulnerability. It’s radical because it’s giving the ups to a society that teaches us that emotions are a sign of weakness. Dance, cry, be a mess. This world is hard.”
Huntly are a group carving out their own niche of bangers to feel to, encouraging the full range of emotions at all of their live shows. Huntly‘s pursuit of emotional vulnerability is a respectable as the world moves forward into acknowledging and accepting mental illness. The courage it takes to lay emotions all out, especially in the heavily criticised world of electronic music, is deserving of great admiration.
With an official single launch on December 15th at The Night Cat in Melbourne, constant praise from the music blog community and being signed to Japanese Wallpaper’s label, Neat Lawn – it’s easy to get excited about what the future brings for Huntly and all their tears they are willing to share.
Catch them at Paradise Festival this weekend and The Night Cat on the 15th of December.
Words by Lloyd Crackett