Listen: Buggs Share New Single ‘Mother’

Having recently had the brooding ‘Flaws’ showcased on Killing Eve’s Season 4, Buggs are riding a creative high. Nearly 8 months after its release, their follow-up track ‘Mother’ is a broadsiding awakening for the London indie outfit.

Tapping into a more nostalgic era of 60s-inspired acoustic music, Buggs find themselves anew; tackling their newfound momentum with one of their most tender releases to date.

Whereas previous tracks conjured a feeling of tamed ferocity and vicious self-doubt, ‘Mother’ takes a u-turn into the more nuanced realm of empathy and self-care. Embracing a distinct country-swing not often heard in Buggs’ output, vocalist Alice Western tackles ideas and beliefs around motherhood with fond affection; utilising the Greek Goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, and the fabricated figurehead of Atlas, to represent the trials of becoming a mother.

The faint, country swing animates the fawning tumult of Western’s prose, carefully building into a thumping coda before the conclusive addition of scratching background guitars. Flirty licks hearken 60’s rock n roll in them, bringing the track to a measured close.

‘Mother’ marks a steady movement out of the post-punk pigeonhole into a wider soundscape for Buggs. Dousing their typical affability in a familiar warmth, brought home by the swinging 60s folk rhythms that brace the track.


Photo by Juliusz Grabianski

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