Keep it Together: writing lockdown 2020 song

August 14, 2020

eyes-a-head: Finn, Sadie and Jonny ‘keep it together’ during lockdown

Sadie Souter describes the inspiration behind eyes-a-head’s debut single

‘Streets (Keep it Together)’ is a new song reflecting young people’s mixed feelings during this crazy period.

Putting this track together was like piecing together the parts of a puzzle. It began with me, Sadie, 17, as I wrote the lyrics and the bare bones of the song with a very basic chord progression on my keyboard. Without trying, the song became quite an intimate portrait of how I felt about the world’s current situation.

When I was writing the song I was feeling all these big confusing emotions but this was very different to the final outcome, which makes me feel happy and I think that that is what makes our song so poignant. While everything seems overwhelming and painful, we will keep it together and we will be okay.

To push this message, I tried to emulate the soulful and raw yet uplifting works of Portishead and Beabadoobee with the grungy verses and hopeful chorus. I took the song to my brother, Finn, who is 19, and he really brought my ideas together cohesively. His R&B and Lofi Hip-Hop influences come from artists such as Frank Ocean and Cosmo Pyke. I think he really brought the song to life with both his passion for music and his technical production skills.

We took our ideas to our friend Jonny, also 19, who has been drumming since he was 12. He recorded some drums for the song, which were inspired by the genre-bending work of Yussef Dayes and brought a new perspective to the sound.

The pieces of the puzzle really started coming together and it was so satisfying to see something I’d started in my bedroom sound like a professional track. This is our first song together as a group ‘eyes-a-head’ and we want it to stir in you the kind of longing we’re all feeling in these uncertain times but also to instil you with hope and solace.

We feel that ‘Streets’ could be a new anthem for the frustrated, disconcerted and anxious teenagers who are looking for some comfort in this new normal.

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Streets (Keep it Together)
Feel the pavement beneath my feet
As I’m walking down your street
Work my fingers to the bone
Best believe I’m never coming home

When all is said and done
And the clock strikes one
We’ll keep it together, together you’ll see
Because you’re a loaded gun like me
Just sit and pass the time
‘Til we’re together, together you’ll see

You keep sleeping off your dreams
And forgetting about me
So peel back your skin and share
Your teeth, your lips, your tongue
And your hair

When all is said and done
And the clock strikes one
We’ll keep it together, together you’ll see
Because you’re a loaded gun like me
Your guess is as good as mine
Just sit and pass the time
‘Til we’re together, together you’ll see

We’ll be together, together you’ll see.

‘Streets: Keep it Together’ will feature in Exposure’s Learning from Lockdown film, documenting young people’s response to the pandemic; showing at a screen near you in September.

eyes-a-head sporting their commemorative Exposure Lockdown 2020 t-shirts

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