WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM Esme Bridie – Tower of Regret
Based in Liverpool, singer-songwriter Esme Bridie releases her latest single ‘Tower of Regret‘, an ambient folk single that feels stylistically appropriate for this time of year; imagine the autumnal love child Half Moon Run and Phoebe Bridgers and you get ‘Tower of Regret’.
Exploring reflective and empowering themes throughout the first verse, Bridie sings, ‘empty mind and empty words, your rubber bullets they don’t hurt too much. Try and shoot me down you’ll see, that I can dance quite endlessly’. The nature of the lyrics holds a gratifying poetic flow to them, leaving their meaning up to individual interpretation without being shrouded in absurd and undecipherable wording.
‘Tower of Regret’ begins with a picked guitar and on-the-beat 4/4 percussion hits with flickers of sparkly synths over the top of the music. Bridie’s soft, delicate vocals are joined by higher harmonies throughout the verse, with the instrumentation subtly, yet, excitingly leading up to the chorus. The addition of running electric guitar riffs and the utilisation of the full drum kit adds a wonderfully thrilling contrast to the verse, allowing a clear distinction to creep into view before you’ve even noticed.
Bridie also opts for a climactic end to ‘Tower of Regret’; it’s nice to see artists sway away from our standard pop-structures and add something a little different, even if this is just swapping a final chorus for a more freeing, almost impromptu feel. All the instruments embrace a surge of energy, complimenting one another as opposed to playing ontop of each other, flowing into a half time beat to allow for the songs closure.
‘Tower of Regret’ is a perfect example of how to keep ambient folk exciting; not only does it sound delicately crafted, but it also has the power to get you up on your feet and dancing around to the beautiful composition.