Single Review: Tired Pony – All Things All at Once

By on Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 12:30 pm
 

Header photo by Cheryl Demas

Tired Pony, the supergroup fronted by Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody, has just released the first single from their forthcoming album, ‘The Ghost of the Mountain’. Titled ‘All Things All at Once,’ the single continues the band’s experiment with a folky, Americana-type sound, as well as Lightbody’s lyrical exploration of a set of fictional characters, both of which began on the Tired Pony’s first album, “The Place We Ran From.”

‘All Things All at Once’ received its first radio play Monday morning on BBC 6music. In an interview with breakfast show presenter Shaun Keaveny, Lightbody described writing and recording the song after the rest of the album had been completed: “It’s kind of one of those things about Tired Pony, that kind of spontaneity, in that it’s a song that not only made the record but became the single.”

The song does feel raw and rough around the edges, as one might expect from a track recorded so quickly. The unpolished sound lends an authenticity to the song’s emotion, even as the jangly guitars and light rhythms belie its undercurrent of melancholy. Lightbody described the new album as “kind of a very sad story, but the music is so uplifting. Hidden in the cheeriness is a quite a few sad songs”. Count ‘All Things All at Once’ as one of those dichotomous tunes.

Band members Garret “Jacknife” Lee, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart, Richard Colburn and Iain Archer draw from their own signature styles to create a full multi-instrumental sound on this track, but it’s their backing vocals that really make the single special. If Lightbody’s contemplative lyrics don’t stick in your head, the “whoa-oh-oh” in the chorus definitely will.

8/10

Tired Pony’s album ‘The Ghost of the Mountain’ will be released on the 19th of August on Fiction Records. Stream the single below.

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