TRACK REVIEW: Cows Lying Down – My Friend Soutine | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Newcastle-based band Cows Lying Down add another introspection of human nature to their catalogue, with their latest release My Friend Soutine. Under a facade of cheerful instrumentation mixing guitar strums and slow drumbeats, is a sombre tale of historical truths.

Woven between vibrantly stunning descriptions, the lyrics relay the life of Chaïm Soutine – a Jewish French expressionist painter hunted by the Nazis. The juxtaposed upbeat music and solemn story mirrors the distorted nature of Soutine’s paintings. Dark yet vivid depictions of people and landscapes are stitched between each line. In an amalgamation of folk, pop and rock, in which Cows Lying Down convey an account of human strength and dignity that maps out the perseverance at the centre of mankind’s existence.


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