A delicious folk track is just what I needed on a Wednesday morning. No end in sight to the lockdown, rainy outside, you could barely notice the green returning to the ground in my apartment due to there not being enough windows. The patch behind my flat is flourishing with perennials, busting through the dirt like rocks through car windshields. And the bugs have returned! We got a wasp outside our window the other day; I had barely seen a bee beforehand. The song plays gently from a speaker across the room; Iwan Gronow’s Highest Symbol may just be your tune of the rest of spring.
Iwan’s voice glides effortlessly above his guitar picking. The musical vibe fits that of Green Lung or 80s rock, and that’s a good thing. There’s even a bit of Muse in there. The song slowly builds to a crescendo of distortion and volume, and then disappears as soon as it arrives. The booming backing sounds enter in the last section of the track as you’re coaxed into joining in with the chorus. Highest Symbol is definitely going to be a tune that’s stuck in my head the second I wake up tomorrow.
Iwan does very little and still sways you. An almost medieval quality in the piece keeps you locked into its groove. The flowers are blooming right outside your window, are you seeing them? The green is returning to the dirt, do you see it?