Ead Wood’s ‘Environmental’ takes an optimistically cheerful tone despite its distressing nod to climate change

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Ead Wood’s ‘Environmental’ begins with a punchy drum fill that sets the stage for roaring guitar leads reminiscent of prolific brit-pop bands like Blur and Oasis.

The iconic sound gives way to a summer-y and vibrant chorus, which is punctuated by a very bright vocal delivery not too dissimilar from acts like the Rolling Stones and Cage The Elephant (particularly on their more recent projects).

With their musical likeness out of the way, Ead Wood focus their crosshair on a subject matter that makes them less comparable to other bands. The driving back beat in ‘Environmental’ buttresses a particularly interesting approach to lyrical vocalisations that depict a kind of environmental anxiety weighing on many young people’s minds today.

‘Environmental’ subsequently takes on a mantra situating it within a climate conscious landscape populated by the Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and a sub-generation that’s grown up with a heightened care for the planet in recent years.

‘Environmental’ musically provides listeners with a buzzing, optimistic experience, but it importantly comprises a bitter-sweet vocal delivery of lyrics ruminating on the plight of Earth’s ecological collapse and whether or not we can significantly slow it.

The album’s standout single quintessentially paints a picture of the nerve-racking experience of pondering the possibilities of what irreversible damage to our planet may bring – Not bad considering it’s all neatly boxed up within a tight and punchy 2:56 minutes.

‘Environmental’ can be found on Bristol-based quartet Ead Wood’s most recent EP: Songs In The Quay Of Sea.

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