In the Post #161: Lokki shares bare rendition of ‘Breathe a Breath of Me’ from ‘Cirrhi’ EP at The Church Studios

By on Wednesday, 9th May 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

If Lokki’s tall, skinny frame looks familiar, your eyes are not deceiving you. Drew Macfarlane has been seen the last few years as the man in a tropical shirt and on guitar and keys in Glass Animals. Now he’s stepped out from behind that synth stand and into a solo career. Like Sivu before him, his chosen stage name is Finnish, an alternate spelling of the word for seagull. Macfarlane’s genre with Lokki is in the decidedly more traditional vein of singer/songwriters, not with a guitar in hand but a piano in front of him.

He released his debut EP ‘Cirrhi’ the week after we returned from SXSW 2018. I clearly must have missed it while having my ‘must get my Austin write-ups done’ blinders on. The first song from the EP revealed was ‘I Catch You’, self-described by Macfarlane as “a late night song. Its sound world is like waking up in the early hours of the morning, with music from a sound track drifting through the walls.” The newest from Lokki is a live video of another EP track, ‘Breathe a Breath of Me’. The starkness of the performance at Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London – Macfarlane’s voice accompanied simply by piano and a backing singer – heightens all your senses around this beautifully contemplative track.

Taken literally, the title ‘Breathe a Breath of Me’ describes something we all do nearly every moment of every day and all too easily take for granted. The lyrics to the song have been written and are sung with a devotional, spiritual edge with the repeated words “breath a breath of me, my child”. The steady melody builds a feeling of safety and warmth, and Macfarlane’s lyrical treatment expands on what it means to be loved and feel love. At its conclusion, he sings, “I wish that broken years could fix a heart / and make it whole”, the notes of the harmonising vocals acting like the final climactic notes you’d hear in a symphony. While I enjoyed Macfarlane’s contributions to Glass Animals immensely, Lokki looks to be just the right vehicle for him to fully take advantage of his choral and classical training and present his own gifts to the world.

9/10

The ‘Cirrhi’ EP from Lokki is out now on Wolftone. Macfarlane has one show in London announced for next month, at Rosemary Branch Theatre on the 8th of June. Summer festival appearances are expected to be announced in due time.

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