01.19.2015 — “Megan” by Cold, Cold Heart

Cold, Cold Heart

Cold, Cold Heart

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Megan” by Cold, Cold Heart (2015, from the standalone single “Megan”).

Cold, Cold Heart is an instrumental ambient post-rock trio from London and Chichester. Their style of post-rock is a little out of the ordinary in that they don’t use any percussion. You almost don’t even notice that, though. They say their influences are Stars of the Lid, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, the Rachels, and a few others. They definitely take a few cues from all of those bands.

They contacted me a couple of weeks ago about this song, which was released digitally today. I fell in love with the song immediately, and I told them that I was very excited to feature the song here.

The three guys in the band have known each other for some time. Two of them have been working IT jobs for several years while the other recently quit his job a corporate lawyer so he could discover himself. Part of that discovery process was joining this band, and working on an album.

There’s no information available about when that album might materialize, but if this song is any indication of what’s to come, it should be an amazing record.

The guys recently did an interview with a UK-based music blog called Queen Beetch. I get the impression that these guys like being secretive or even coy. In that interview, they shed a teeny tiny sliver of light on this song, and it’s, well… :

“Megan” was written about and inspired by a girl called Megan.

They continued to say that it’s not exactly a love song, but something like that. Anyway, this is that song:

“Megan” by Cold, Cold Heart

While they typically use ebows to simulate the sound of stringed instruments, they actually brought in some strings for this song. I wasn’t sure at first whether they were using some Sigur Rós hocus-pocus or what, but it’s the real McCoy here.

This is an absolutely fantastic song. I love the cinematic scope of it and the size of it. There’s something really strange going on that makes the song seem way bigger, broader, and louder than it really is. At the end of the day, it’s gentle and delicate even if it seems like one of the bits in one of those epic Explosions songs. You know. The bits where the guitars swell and collide with the drums and there’s a huge crescendo and a big cacophonous buzz.
After listening to this song, I feel like I’ve been through all that. Even without the drums, and without the swirling buzz, it’s a similar feeling. And I love it.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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