Let’s begin the week with a chorus that came to Pavey Ark’s song-writer, Neil Thomas, in the middle of a dream shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Thomas explains: “In the dream, I was floating over a map of the US looking down on a lake and a place called Cuckoo. In the background, the chorus to the song was playing in my head. The phenomenon of writing in a dream has only happened to me 4 or 5 times. It’s amazing when it does happen, but they haven’t always evolved into finished songs. As I got out of bed and grabbed my guitar at about 4am, I knew this one was a definite keeper.
At its heart it is actually a positive song, as it’s about meeting someone on the same wavelength as you, who can see through the painted picture to the reality behind. A shared longing to escape and leave the city woes far behind…It’s a reminder that we are all in the same boat. Drifting through the ‘deep… black… wild… calm…’ on the same tiny rock. Powerful and wealthy or the polar opposite, we are all the same… we’re all just playing for time.”
The song is taken from the Hull-based group’s debut album, ‘Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing’, which is out now.