Well, there we have it! Bank holiday weekend in lockdown is over. I have vague memories of playing the Roxanne drinking game far too many times last night with about thirty friends on a Zoom call. I miss real people. I need a hug and plenty of water. Little did I know, I also definitely needed to hear Mantra, the new track from Yard Arms, and so do you.
The Bristol-based group describe Mantra to be a “love letter to the anxious”. I feel that. It’s packed full of heart and joy. The song kicks off with bouncy and bright electric guitar and is joined by uplifting, heartfelt vocals. I love the unique and authentic tone of Noah Villeneuve’s voice. Every element of this track is a reason to smile. It’s like they picked only the happy notes.
When we’re all free again, I’ll be jumping in my car, rolling the windows down, cranking the volume up and blasting this into the warm air like a wannabe badass. I would be that type of person for this song. It’s worth the potential ASBO.
Mantra is a summer anthem for all of the pop-rock emos out there. Drawing influence from artists like Death Cab For Cutie and The National, Yard Arms have hit melancholic and damn cool on the head with this song.
Mantra is available to stream on all major platforms now. We’re promised that there’s an EP to follow and we can’t wait!