Single Review: Get Inuit – Dress of Bubblewrap

By on Wednesday, 26th November 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Based on their unusual moniker alone, you might mistake Get Inuit for a couple of Eskimos who decided to grab some instruments on the tundra and form a band. I’ll have to ask them sometime from where they got and decided on their name, as all the press releases on them so far fails to explain all of this. But let’s leave that for another day and an interview feature down the road (here’s to hoping in person and by this editor) and focus on the things we do know…

Get Inuit are from Sittingbourne, Kent, a town in the South East that is surrounded more by lovely farming land than barren polar landscapes. More importantly, the four piece – Jamie Glass on lead vocals and guitar, James Simpson on guitar and production duties, his brother Rob on drums and Oliver Nunn on bass – are now signed to Alcopop! Records, most famously known as the London indie label home to devil-may-care Brum rockers Johnny Foreigner. The four will be releasing their debut EP, ‘001’, in early February, and ahead of that, they have revealed the humourously named single ‘Dress of Bubblewrap’. This follows on from the raucous and yes, cute ‘Cutie Pie, I’m Bloated’ track we gave away in June.

I’ve wondered how ubiquitous bubblewrap as packaging is in the UK, as it used to be the standard packaging you’d see surrounding brand new electronic devices here in America. Well, until some intelligent people started using more earth-friendly materials like recyclable, crumpled up kraft paper and you never saw those bubbly things again. But if we’re talking about those plastic sheets covered in dots that were oh so tempting to pop and annoy the heck out of our parents and teachers back in ‘90s and before, yes, there is definitely some humour to the title of the single, as it recalls an earlier, more carefree time.

The humour also extends to the lyrics, as Glass sings in a whimsical voice about a woman who “broke her hip / half of the city saw it snap / maybe you’ll learn a lot from this / now that you’re flat out on your back”. Call me crazy, but I doubt anyone’s bones were broken in public, and this is just a clever setting of a scene in which an observer is commenting on a woman being embarrassed publicly for something she was misled into doing. In an eloquent show of sheer chivalry, he offers to be there the next time he needs her, to be her knight in shining armour – “drop me a line next time you slip / I’ll make you a dress of bubblewrap” – to essentially catch her when she falls.

Further, when the song reaches the chorus, Glass’ voice soars beautifully as he suggests that he takes his offer of crafting a protective dress for her and together “maybe we could redesign scars into tattoos / maybe redesign roses from the bruise”. In other words, he’s offering that the two of them together can rebuild from the point where they are now, and he can give her a better world. Man, what the heck. I’m getting all philosophical. This is supposed to be a pop song, isn’t it?

But that’s what makes it brilliant. This kind of serious, un-pop message is obscured by the fun, dancey tune woven around the words. The song, co-produced by James Simpson and Story Books‘ Kristofer Harris, is upbeat in tempo with plenty of interesting minimalist guitar notes to huge flourishes, while banged on drums providing an irresistibly driving rhythm. It’s as catchy as all hell and not likely to leave your mind anytime soon. Not that you’d want it to. I’d say if Get Inuit can continue this songwriting that’s fun and funny, they’ll be ones to watch in 2015. Let’s just hope they don’t ditch Kent for an igloo…

8/10

‘Dressed in Bubblewrap’, Get Inuit’s debut single for Alcopop! Records, is available now. You can listen to it below. Stay tuned, as their debut EP ‘001’ will be released on the 9th of February 2015.

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