If not now, when?
This seems to be the question that’s been nagging at Huwbergine.
A solo project that the Leeds synth-pop singer-songwriter just couldn’t get off the ground over the last couple of years found its time during the spring lockdown.
Huwbergine finally had the space to buckle down, hone his production skills and work on some songs. The self-produced debut ‘Grow‘ is the first fruit from these lockdown sessions.
From its Super Furry Animals-style synth-squelch bass line to Huwbergine’s Timberlake-style falsetto and sweet-as-sugar melodies, ‘Grow’ has the kind of chorus that handcuffs itself to your brain and lobs away the key.
The song builds and builds over its four-and-a-half minutes, with an extended instrumental half-way in that teases, and teases again, the return of that chorus. When it crashes back in, and the synths reach a whole new level of euphoria, it’s like the sun bursting through the clouds.
Lyrically, it’s about crying out for a fresh start, a new adventure, of being brave enough to let the current situation fade into the past, and confident enough that something better is coming down the tracks.
“You gotta know,” Huwbergine sings, “when it’s time to grow.”
‘Grow’ is out now via 88 Watt Records – available to Stream/Purchase here.