Londoners' Heavy Heart are back with with another episode in their "Song of the Month" project. On their 7th release of the year, the band continues to mine the darker seams of societal ills with great success. Fertile ground for those brave enough to dig deep. And Heavy Heart has shown an eagerness to find the mother lode, that rich and pulsing dark vein of misery that's black as coal, and wrapping it in a easily digestible pop music buffet.
Oddly enough, the inspiration for July's track came from a headline almost 40 years old, Reverend Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre. But it fits with today -- the unrest, the violence, the unbelievable, the insane, and the turbulence it all leaves in its wake. When we listen to 'Fruitfly', we're reminded of February's offering in which the band presented 'What Became of Laura R?'. Vocalist Anna Vincent sang "Listen, listen/I am not afraid of/all the disaster/always surrounding me." How fitting as it seems the world is crumbling all around, kicking free of the comfort of the cocoon, bracing for the uncertain change.
Sometimes, art makes sense of all the disaster surrounding us, or tries to, as we all do, but we can never truly make sense of all the heartache in the world. It's impossible, the world isn't purely black and white. It's often guided by false hope, lies, hate, and the feeling that the grass is greener over the horizon. Heavy Heart's Anna Vincent had this to say about 'Fruitfly'.
"The song was inspired by some reading I did about the Jonestown massacre, about the nature of control and cult mentality. I was fascinated about what could be powerful enough to cause someone to give up everything, to poison their own children and then themselves. It's easy to feel immune from the safety of a laptop, but in a different way I'm brainwashed and compliant too, obediently following trends and social rules, safe inside the group, absorbing feeds of toxic news. None of it seems dangerous on the surface, in fact it's very enticing, but then so much of what's bad for us is coated in sweetness. We're attracted to it like flies."
Aimless Skylarking is attracted to 'Fruitfly' like flies. It's a head bobbing, toe-tapping pop masterpiece with a heavy heart. Find it below.