Quote club: ‘Chin Up’ is the latest lilting single from Yoke Lore

‘Chin Up’, much like Yoke Lore’s previous work, features a stunning patchwork of vocal harmonies that guide the listener through an almost holy aural experience.  The track has a gentle driving energy that feels slightly tribal with the use of raw drum tones and gospel-esque vocal harmonies.  ‘Chin Up’ harbours an air of nostalgia mixed in intricately with something else that feels almost intangible.  The song itself feels like a journey.

“These songs all gravitate around the struggle between two sides of something… so, they are all the conflicts of absolutes… there must be a balance, some movement and some pull. A life of absolutes is no life at all” 

“This song is about fighting fire with love. My little brother was a huge pain in the ass growing up. He would throw these awful tantrums, and I would always want my parents to punish him and throw him in his room and ground him or something, but they never did. They always just tried to listen and comfort him. They told me all you can do in the face of anger is to hit it with compassion, which usually peels away the aggression to reveal a vulnerability. This song is not about my brother who, by the way, turned out very well-adjusted, but it is about the struggle of learning to tamper your reactivity and volatility. Learning to forgive at the drop of a hat. It’s a skill I aspire to master.”


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