The debut album, ‘The Impossible Wild’, explores the role of nature, myth and superstition in the modern world. The album is a celebration of storytelling that uses symphonic arrangements and narrative lyrics to conjure up a variety of themes and imagery. Through the lens of music and metaphor, The Last Inklings explore modern life contemporary issues including mental health, personal wellbeing and growth, and our impact on the environment.
Sleeping Giant is the latest single from The Last Inklings and is an extended metaphor exploring the themes of grief and mental health. This track is a piano ballad with intimate upfront vocals that walk the listener through a journey of self discovery, and finally coming to terms with their own conflicting emotions.
The music video picks up from the end of Hunter's Folly and imagines different facets of mental health and depression embodied as animals. The video picks up on this imagery along with the lightness of the music following animals through untroubled scenes, flowing from one to the next as a gentle counterpoint to the struggle implied in the lyrics.
Hunter’s Folly is an original song written in response to the traditional English song “Hunting the Hare”. The original message is flipped on its head and the viewpoint changed to that of the hare, rather than the hunter. This shift in perspective allies the listener more closely with an anti-hunt stance, updating the traditional theme and better capturing the collective mood of today.
To accompany the music, a beautiful stop motion video has also been created to tell the magical and cautionary tale of a poacher and his prey. Stylized scenes are brought to life as the hares evade the hunter, and he is transfigured in the manner of folkloric tales, meeting a grizzly end in the teeth of his own hound. All the while his intended prey continue to frolic in the idyllic countryside, and balance is restored to nature once again.
The song celebrates the shared experience of mid-winter gatherings involving music, food and laughter as a remedy for the long nights. These sentiments are particularly poignant this year, as traditionally communities kept up spirits by gathering together and enjoying a feast in honour of the sun. Over time these winter solstice traditions have transformed into our modern yuletide celebrations. There is also an underlying theme of the long awaited return of a loved one, welcomed back like the sun in Spring. Written by The Last Inklings and produced by David Hoyland, the single is available free of charge to mailing list subscribers.
If Roald Dahl, Edgar Alan Poe and Edward Elgar had teamed up for a songwriting session, you can imagine the end result sounding something a little bit like this. The golden thread that runs through the five songs on the EP is a quotation from the philosopher Marcus Aurelius – ‘the soul is dyed by the colour of its thoughts’, which embodies the idea that we should always strive to refine our inner gold. The songs are inspired by modern myth and folklore, drawing on narrative influences ranging from the English Chronicles through Stoic philosophy to the power of the natural world. The experimental sound in this EP focuses on cello and mandolin layered with vocal harmonies.