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Faithful Johannes and Jonathan Swift might seem like quiet sorts individually: put them together though, and you get Durham’s own barely-rap Voltron: the surreal, soft-spoken brilliance of Outside Your House.

Taken from last year’s Gallant Encounters album, Spokes showcases the low-key vibrancy of their lyricism and their gorgeous, melodic production of Outside Your House at their best.

Asked about the song, Faithfull Johannes explained: “The working title was Charles Chaplin for some reason: Jonny completely replaced the original music after I’d put words to it, introducing sweeping strings and adding layers of his own sweet voice.  Lyrically, the start is loosely based on a trip to Sicily, there’s a chunk that’s about the perils of not talking in a relationship, and several references to the film The Consequences of Love as directed by Paulo Sorrentino, because it blows my brains out.  The line “undone by my own frequent leakages” was axed from the song late on…” 


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