Single Review: The Lonely Together – Congregation

Posted by Kirsten Beveridge

The Lonely Together - Congregation
‘Alternative dreampop’ is the quirky title that Edinburgh band The Lonely Together use to describe themselves.  And the glorious harmonies on their third single Congregation, combined with thrashing guitar and drums, do create a sound that is somewhat unique.

What also stands out from this track are the lyrics.  Raw and touching, they speak of an anguish that is deeply relatable.  Lines including “Stop everything you’re doing/Start living like you’re free” and “If only everybody said what they’re feeling inside” convey a message that is simple, but powerful.  The songwriting brain behind Congregation is Mike Baillie (Vocals/Guitars/Synthesizers), and he is joined by Grant Jeffrey (Bass/Vocals), Andrew Lennie (Drums/Vocals), and Ewan Santer (Guitars/Synthesizers/Vocals).

The emotive video, directed by Steve Cardno and Andrei Staruiala, is definitely worth a mention, painting a grim picture of some of the gritty realities of city life.  If you want to catch The Lonely Together in their home town, they are supporting the Youth and Young for their Gestures record launch at La Belle Angèle on Saturday 20th February.  And with their debut album coming out in 2016, the next year may prove to be a big one for them.

The Lonely TogetherCongregation is out now and is available to download via Bandcamp

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