Scottish indie quintet Frightened Rabbit released a new single first thing Christmas Day. “No Real Life” is, even for a Frightened Rabbit song, emotionally exhausting, its desperate lyrics eroding warm acoustic guitars and swelling strings. It’s as much about escape as it is about trauma, but it’s difficult whichever way you approach it. “There’s a hole at the back of the wardrobe / There’s another at the base of my brain,” Scott Hutchison sings early. Then, later: “Give me hope in the form of a Christmas light / No real life / I just want to make believe.”
In a note on Twitter accompanying the song, the band suggested that fans donate to Alzheimers Scotland. “With your help, their aim is to make sure that nobody in this country faces dementia alone,” the note read. So, go donate by clicking here. Listen to "No Real Life" below.
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