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On The Table Read, “the best creativity magazine in the UK“, dream pop duo, The Know, have released a new single, Used To Be, about the impact of the pandemic on romantic relationships.
Used To Be
Dream pop duo The Know’s new single and video, “Used to Be,” discuss the complexities of romantic relationships in the context of the pandemic. On a sonic level, “Used to Be” has warm melodies, hazy guitars, and atmospheric soundscapes that are almost uncontrollable, making it an engaging listen. The Know’s Jenna Farmer directed and produced the accompanying cinematic music video, which depicts a troubled relationship’s non-linear highs, lows, and everyday moments.
“Then of course the pandemic hit, people all around us were having their relationships tested in lockdown with significant others, some relationships came out stronger, some didn’t survive,” said The Know’s Daniel Knowles. “And on a more universal scale lots of people worldwide were dealing with a loss of normality, loss of connection with other people, suddenly not being able to do simple things like buy groceries, things we’d all taken for granted.”
In late 2018, Daniel Knowles suggested to his wife, Jennifer Farmer, that the LA transplants stay put and try to make music together, just the two of them, rather than going home for the holidays (to the UK and Texas, respectively). This would be a present for the married couple for themselves.
They spent the following few weeks alone in their home studio with no real plan other than their shared love of Beach House, Julee Cruise, Ye Ye, The Jesus and Mary Chain, dream pop, 60s girl groups, and Patsy Cline and The National’s evocative storytelling lyricism.
Their debut EP, which was released in 2020, was a stunning amalgamation of dream pop and shoegaze. The six songs on the album “wearetheknow” gave an unflinching look at the couple. They honestly told stories about their relationship and life experiences against a kaleidoscopic sound palette, delving deeply into their personal lives. The lead single, “143,” is a collection of conversations, images, and hazy recollections of a night out that combine autobiographical and fantastical lyrics. While “Hold Me Like You Know Me” was compared to “Twin Peaks” by David Lynch and “Wall of Sound” by Phil Spector.
Lyrically, The Know’s second EP (EP2) is packed with relatable moments of love, loss, isolation, uncertainty, sadness, and connection. The EP was finished during the pandemic and in a very isolated environment. Farmer and Knowles produced it, and they recorded most of it quickly in their home studio.
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