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The 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Studies conducted on pandemic habits show that different creative pursuits have been really important for people in lockdown, with listening to music ranked as the most effective activity for making participants feel more positive. So for this episode I wanted to come back to my roots and revisit the wonderful relationship between music and mental mental health.
in earnest are a Southend-on-Sea (UK) trio fuelled by the songwriting of front-couple Sarah Holburn and Tom Eatherton, and joined by instrumentalist Toby Shaer. ‘reasons to stay alive’ tackles topics such as despair, gratitude, suicidal thoughts and the climate crisis. More than just a collection of songs, the six tracks flow seamlessly into one another to create a 22-minute composition that loops back round into an infinite piece of art. Diving deeper and even more unflinchingly into their thematic content, in earnestshowcase a unique blend of indie, folk and post-rock with progressive tendencies. During our interview, in earnest explained that their new EP “took its title from a book by Matt Haig, which originally inspired us to talk so openly about mental illness. We wrote these songs to document our personal highs and lows over the past couple of years; the whole record is cyclical to reflect how most of us have felt stuck in an endless loop.” You can catch the album on the band’s website and Spotify.
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