It’s often claimed that music journalists are just failed musicians. London’s Lottie Brazier, former music journalist (Guardian, Pitchfork, The Wire etc) and now budding songwriter, puts fire to that frankly ridiculous cliche with ‘Washing Machine’ – a debut single that proves her aptitude for both.
Co-produced by William Doyle, ‘Washing Machine’ is loosely inspired by a friend undergoing treatment for a life threatening illness, as well as fears about the future of healthcare in the UK. Brazier’s haunting, distinctive vocal hangs perilously over fluttering synths and elongated guitar strums, singing “What will it take until she is not a child / when will they kill her?” The soundscape is industrial, concrete-clad dread materialising in both the instrumentation and the lyrics. “So many high-rise flats / when will they be empty / so many high-rise flats / when will they come down?” The ending of reverberating synths and pulsating drums resembles a helicopter flying low overhead, its rotating blade and deafening engine too close for comfort. Brazier’s voice becomes more distant with every word, until it’s gone, swallowed up by a deathly silence.
‘Washing Machine’ is out now