Snow Patrol – The Beginning 

Snow Patrol’s “The Beginning” is here with the news that their first album in six years, The Forest Is The Path, is arriving on September 13 via Polydor.

Listening to this song, I feel like you don’t have to be a long-time fan of Snow Patrol to just immediately love it, because I did at the very first listen, and all I knew of the band until today is “Chasing Cars.” The fact is that it’s a song that somehow connects to you, through the lyrics and through the voice singing it. It’s even more admirable now that I’ve learned it was written in a day and recorded in one go. Like… I’m completely mind-blown.

Speaking on the effect recording the vocals in one go has on the song, Johnny McDaid revealed that it gave it “this mind-collapsing quality where you feel like you’re seeing into someone’s soul.”

The song tells the story of re-discovering love and learning to let go of the darkness and embrace the light inspired by the newfound affection.

Love, if you’re near / Don’t tell it like it is / ‘Cause I don’t know how to hear / Or to learn,” frontman Gary Lightbody sings in the first verse, adding in the chorus, “There is only you and me in this life / And I don’t wanna fuck it up now / There is nothing for me in these past lives / There is only what I wasn’t yet.”

In the announcement post for “The Beginning,” the band wrote, “This album took us on many uncharted routes, with sometimes weird and sometimes wonderful turns, and so it’s hard not to think of the start of this album as a new beginning. We honor the past, deeply. But while we honour the past we also want to cherish the present and look to the future. So this is the beginning of something, and we are so excited to share it with you all.”

Speaking on what inspired the songwriting on the album, Lightbody described it as “the idea of love from the distance of time.” He said: “I haven’t been in a relationship for a very long time, 10 years or more, so love from a distance to me meant the way a relationship sits in your memory from a distance of, say, 10 years. That’s not something I’d previously thought about as a way to write about love.

“So it’s like, when you’re in love, you’re standing in the lobby of the Empire State Building. When you’ve broken up with that person, you’re out in the street. You can still see the building, but you’re not in there anymore. And when it’s 10 years later, now you’re standing in Brooklyn looking at the Manhattan skyline.”