‘Embers’ is the dramatic and sophisticated new track from Irish songwriter and producer Neil Kerr AKA Mount Palomar.
You may recognise him from his work with local post-punks Enola Gay (or if you’ve ever managed to get into Berghain), but his latest venture takes him across the water to team up with Harry Wilkinson of Manchester’s Maruja. The result is a dark, energetic dance-fuelled alt hip-hop track borne of a period of poor mental health and the need to move forward.
“I didn’t want to hear, let alone work on, anything melancholic and frenetic but I felt that I needed to try to channel the frustrations of the year into a new work, in order to leave some of that anxiety behind,” Neil says of Embers’ inception.
For Harry, the track is underpinned by past trauma. “It is a song draped in harsh truths, an honesty that is sometimes hard to hear – a look into the psychology behind impulsivity and self-deception.”
Wilkinson’s vocal delivery veers from frantic to slow and ominous, before descending into Underworld-esque jittery drum and bass. ‘Embers’ marries two seemingly divergent acts on a track that only gets better with each listen.