Womb have shared a final taste of their upcoming album Dreaming of the Future Again via brand new single, ‘When I See You’. Womb rarely fails to devastate their listeners and the slightly more accelerated ‘When I See You’ is no exception to the rule; a phenomenal teaser to their sophomore album, which is out digitally and on vinyl LP this Friday November 11th via Flying Nun Records.
“When I See You came to us in fragments; a chord progression arrived; then a verse; a driving beat; a guitar line; later, walking around at night listening to a demo of the song, the chorus finally came, the words “We could grow from here” circling round and round in my head. This is a song about conflict: there’s a secret conversation going on between the ¾ guitar line that comes in at the start and the 4/4 timing of the rest of the song; the timings are clashing, each wishing to be heard, but in the end they are singing the same song.” - Womb
Womb is made up of siblings Cello Forrester (vocals, guitar, strings), Haz Forrester (synth, guitar), and Georgette Brown (drums). Their music is a composite of the three and builds on the shoegaze and dream pop sounds they are inspired by.
Dreaming of the Future Again is Womb’s sophomore album, recorded between 2020 and 2022, between living rooms and bedrooms, and at their dear friend and collaborator Bevan Smith’s backyard studio, Circle Blue Studios. “Dreaming of the future again” is a phrase that sprang to mind for Cello as they woke up one morning, and these are the words that tether each song on the album together.
The album builds musically from where their previous album, Like Splitting the Head from the Body, left off. The arrangements have moments that are layered, warm, and ethereal, where Georgette's driving drums are met with percussive samples, Haz’s synths bend and rise, and Cello’s textured strings stretch across the tracks. There are also sparse moments that draw you to Cello’s direct vocal delivery, for example on the opening track, Sylvan’s Song, and later in The Dove.
Lyrically, the songs trace moments across the two years recording the album, drawing on a repeated lexicon for Cello: of light and refraction; butterflies; birds; and dreaming. Each song is both personal and allegorical, and looks at connection and the things we are tethered to.
The album art is a drawing of a star-flower by band member and artist Georgette — titled, “I want you to see above your head a beautiful, beautiful star”. The drawing is on the wall of Cello and Georgette’s kitchen. The title of this artwork comes from a book that Georgette’s dad, Justin, used to read to her, guiding a visualization of a star that is your very own, one which you can carry with you everywhere you go.