After releasing his debut solo album, Two Months In Ben Woolley’s Front Room, back in 2018, Lachlan Denton planned to return to his other project, The Ocean Party. Then, as the band prepared to release their next record, they were struck by tragedy as Lachlan’s brother, and bandmate, Zach Denton, suddenly passed away. The band released the record they’d been working on, and then decided to call it a day. Lachlan, understandably shocked and unsure what to do next, channelled his loss into his music, and began to try and work through his emotions. The result is the upcoming Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic album, A Brother, the title track to which we’re premiering here today.
If this is all sounding a little heavy, well undeniably it is, yet thankfully Lachlan’s innate ability to write a pop song is equally on show. The vocal, pitched somewhere between Kevin Morby and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel, carries much of the track’s emotion, while the music is left to be a surprisingly sprightly affair, full of bright guitar lines, prominent rolling bass and the propulsive crack of snare.
If the musical package is sprightly, the lyrics carry a stunning depth of emotion, it’s not simply a record of grief, but one of love and a legacy, a desire to do, “a brother, a best friend”, proud. There’s even a hint of pressure here, a longing to keep Zach’s memory alive in song, “I know you’re bigger than song, more beautiful than words. I know I’ve gotta go on, I want you to be heard”. Written between the lines to is a certain amount of doubt, a feeling of not quite knowing how life goes on, “I’m trying to be strong, but it’s hard to see a future without you”.
This is a beautiful tribute to the love two brothers shared; music ran through their lives, and still now is a cord that binds them, as they repeat at the songs close, “your blood runs through me”, and so perhaps does music. There’s few words that can add anything to Lachlan and Zach’s story, a deeply personal reflection on the relationship between two brothers, cut tragically short.
A Brother LP is out July 19th via Bobo Integral. Click HERE for more information on Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic.