The New America bring a big noise of heavy rock beats out of their home in Bristol, they describe playing this new track, ‘Papillon’ as a pure cathartic relief, as they paint a picture of the struggles you encounter when supporting a friend who is having a hard time with their mental health.
After understanding the background of this record, it’s hard not to be moved by the emotional tingling being driven home by the guitar rhythm. When listening to the vocal performance you can be forgiven for likening the tone and raw energy to that of Isaac Holman from the wonderful band Slaves.
Like a heavy rain shower, Papillon pours out the distress of wanting to help and not having the
answers. The layers within this track illustrate an audible display of the chaos and calm states one’s mind goes through when helping someone you are invested in.
All in all, this is a full on rock song which I imagine would be massive when heard live, The New America should be proud, this record is a showcase of why music is such an important part of so many people’s lives and a key to helping their emotional mental health recovery.
Written by Kess Anthony