Single Review: Rainbrother – Fat Eggs

By on Wednesday, 26th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

While SXSW 2017 will likely go down in history as the least artist visa-friendly of them all, there’s no question which band’s enforced improvisation will be remembered the best. As described in the first half of my review of the first night of the music festival this year in Austin, Copenhagen band Rainbrother took to the stage with all their members. Except that their singer Bjarke Bendtsen, initially barred from America alongside his bandmates, was represented on a previously recorded video that streamed behind the rest of his band. Heck, the event was so ridiculous, Steve Lamacq was there to report on it. Today, I’ll be reviewing a forthcoming single that will be markedly much easier to enjoy.

‘Fat Eggs’ is a strange title for a folk song, doesn’t it? Bendtsen explains it’s “a song about giving into late night temptations, lusts, desires and the beauty of being human. The song is also about not caring too much and eating fat eggs when they’re on your plate and still hot.” I suppose if eating is a sensual experience for you, the explanation doesn’t sound completely off the wall. Presumably, eggs have been chosen as the primary image for two reason: one, they represent women and two, as a featured item of breakfasts nearly everywhere, they’re incredible and, er, edible, right?

The lyrics weave a brief, yet poetic story of lust, the thoughts of a young man that go from frustration in waiting for his woman to embracing the bliss. Let’s be honest, the words “I should be outside but I’m tired and I want you / letting you decide what bodies must do / my life’s revolving round your fruit” sure beat the crudeness how hip-hop artists tend to describe their conquests, right? This isn’t Music in Notes, so I’ll leave you read the rest of the single’s lyrics and ruminate on them via the band’s Bandcamp.

A vaguely out of tune strummed guitar and a lazy bass line contribute to the dreamy feel of the track, largely devoid of lyrical content. Argubly, Bendtsen’s lyrics proper are given as much attention as the whimsical do do dos of the choruses that connect the verses. Is this the Scandinavian, Laurel Canyon-influenced sound of the 21st century? I think bands like the Byrds would be equally proud of singles like this coming out a good 50 years after them.

7.5/10

Danish band Rainbrother’s album ‘Tales from the Drought’ is out now on General Bird Records. Single ‘Fat Eggs’ itself from the album will be out on the 4th of August. Catch my past coverage of the band, including seeing them on the first night of SXSW 2017 at their infamous appearance at Cheer Up Charlie’s, through here.

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