Scottish five-piece Officer have released the first single ‘Tilt The Clox’ ahead of their sophomore album Night Tennis which is due in February next year.
‘Tilt The Clox’, which refers to the October ritual of putting our clocks back, is a politically laden song about frontman Dc Logan’s many years’ experience directing frontline services to London’s most excluded and vulnerable people.
It spits on a spectacle of self-interested, short-termist, post-truth political class politics for entrapping individuals, communities and environments by cutting them off from real opportunities for hope, change, connection and growth. It’s a fierce, cathartic release and cry for justice for Logan.
The singer-songwriter said: “The narrative follows an amplified character running out of time, caught in denial of the consequences of their mistakes as they frantically run from pillar to post tilting clocks in a desperate but comical attempt to return to the innocence before disaster.”
‘Tilt The Clox’ displays Logan’s powerful, lyrical finesse, where even within any of the deliberate ambiguity you uncover a dark and biting challenge in bed with a powerful transcendent off-cut of actual hope. The song ends with an upwards, spiralling out of control, melodic choral soar – it leads you to a place of being disgusted by the forgetfulness on the issues in life, or filled with an overwhelming hope that there is, upon the horizon, something coming beyond the existing chaotic, evasive and destructive emergency the world is caught up in.
The album title Night Tennis was inspired by the 1966 Robert Rauschenberg performance art piece ‘Open Score’, and the artwork is a painting by Dc’s friend and artist, Ben Jamie, created especially for this album.
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