In the hall of mirrors that is Lou Terry’s psyche, playfulness and emotional depth seemingly sit side by side.
Words by Brad Harris
“I remember a lot of things suddenly seeming pointless when covid hit, but music didn’t” wrote Lou Terry when we last spoke, and fittingly you can all but feel this vitality in his latest single Until It Fits In. Incisively, he mentioned the fact that his songs feel very much embedded in how he feels about himself, and this track is perhaps the direct antonym to the previous and accompanying double A-side Rowan’s Advice.
Where that track took a simple riff and twisted it into a raucous and sincere affirmation of joie de vivre, this latest single released again via Warm Laundry details the life of a sad outsider and showcases his storytelling chops over an almost mockingly playful childlike melody, backed by Squid’s Laurie Nankivell on cornet. Equal parts joyous and melancholy (and even somewhat cynical in its middle eight), it’s exciting to hear an artist exploring their youthful anxieties and growing realisations with such impassioned energy.
The video in turn draws out this whimsical feeling; of the cardboard spaceships, dressing gowns and need to be held mentioned by Lou in a distinctly British way, reminiscent of Blur’s flirtations with silliness. In the hall of mirrors that is Lou Terry’s psyche, playfulness and emotional depth seemingly sit side by side, and I for one can’t wait to see what else lies around the corner.