My eyes open and I’m immediately hit in the face by a deadly hangover. What did I do last night? My hamster is missing, there’s cereal all over the floor, and someone is asleep on my settee, who I don’t recognise from the back, but I’m 90% sure it’s Mrs Sherman from next door. Well, much like the title of the video we are premiering today, I’m feeling pretty wretched. See what I did there? Sorry.
In all seriousness, Wretched (It Goes) by The Black Creatures is an amazingly contemplative find. Taken from their upcoming album, Wild Echoes, the song addresses negative perceptions and expresses demands for radical change from a system that continues to make the same mistakes. The lyrics tell us that in order to make progression, we have to adjust the way we approach things and question our own contributions to the lack of movement. The track is incredibly thoughtful and quite honestly somewhat saddening, but needfully eye-opening. It’s quite a contrast to the instrumentation that infers an upbeat mood, but this is not to say it’s a bad thing – its dichotomy and its beauty are one and the same.
The video itself is the members of the band singing and occasionally rhythmically dancing with hair on their head that, quite frankly, I’m raging with jealously over. I can’t dance anywhere near as well as them either, so I find myself feeling reasonably inadequate. Back to the video, it’s simplistic in all the right ways, as well as aesthetically stimulating. It encourages you to listen to the message of Wretched (It Goes) carefully, then displays images to emphasise the points made. It’s an unapologetic protest track, and it’s pulling no punches.
I adore this song. I love what it stands for, its message, the instrumentation, the singing, the rapping – all of it. The Black Creatures, thank you for this beautiful track.
Wretched (It Goes) is out now.