British bedroom project Returning We Hear The Larks teaser video for Far-Stepper/Of Wide Sea
Bristolian one-man project Returning We Hear The Larks has been incredibly prolific in its short time. Helmed by experienced 20 year-old Jak Noble, the project has dropped no fewer than seven releases, with the most recent – the wonderful EP Proud England - coming out in October 2011.
Although the single “Line-Trap“ was released in April last year, the intervening time has been relatively quiet, with Jak also working on tech-metal band project Fractals. Nevertheless, it’s clear he’s been working hard to make his next solo output as worthy as possible, and has put out a tasty teaser for the forthcoming new album Far Stepper/Of Wide Sea.
Mostly instrumental, but displaying Jak’s growing vocal prowess, the music is founded in the big grooves of djent but with the ambient leanings of post-metal and a flair section or two featuring a sitar. The name of his project comes from the Isaac Rosenberg poem of the same name. Rosenberg was an English soldier who died aged 27 at the Somme in the First World War, and whose poetry is considered some of the best of that era. 2010 full-length Ypres is a tribute to the countless soldiers who died in the war, and was named for one of the conflict’s bloodiest battles – the site of which Noble visited and found profoundly moving.
Subsequently, Returning We Hear The Larks takes a lot of its themes from English history, although not just WWI – Proud England is an exploration of the English Civil War from the perspective of the “Roundhead” Parliamentarians, who sought to overthrow the king. It’s a fascinating period in the country’s history, and Proud England explores the history well. Make sure to check out the EP; it’s not long, but it’s packed with quality. Also follow the band on Facebook, as he often puts up bits and pieces there before anywhere else.