No Windows – “Song 01”

Post Author: Jeff Cubbison

Rising Edinburgh duo share dreamy, bleary indie rock track off forthcoming EP Point Nemo

No Windows is a rising band that we’ve been quite fond of for a while now. The duo is comprised of vocalist Verity Slangen and instrumentalist Morgan Morris, who met in school a couple years ago. Since then, they’ve crafted dreamy, bleary bedroom indie rock, dropping their excellent debut EP Fish Boy in late 2022 and subsequently landing on our Rising Artists To Watch piece last year.

Now, No Windows returns with a new track and even bigger release news on the horizon. “Song 01” is a hauntingly emotive ballad featuring gorgeously-sung verses and rumbling indie rock instrumentals. Acoustic riffs mingle with plucky bass notes, snowballing into poignant harmonic choruses – with turbulent lyrics expressing the isolated feeling of being stuck with someone in an unbalanced relationship.

“I have always been drawn to books focusing on isolation and what it is like to be outed from social groups,” says Verity, citing I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg and Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. as inspiration. “The book emulates desperation and dread so perfectly. The song is written about that feeling, knowing that you are going to lose something when it’s all you have. Writing it opened me up to a whole new way of writing lyrics.”

Furthermore, “Song 01” will actually appear as the closing track of their just-announced forthcoming EP Point Nemo, which arrives on May 3 via Fat Possum.

Fish Boy was our first experience of putting together a body of work,” Morris shared. “With Point Nemo we’ve gained a lot of confidence and knowledge. I think we improved on a lot of the basics as well: structuring songs, stronger melodies.”

You can give “Song 01” a spin below, and pre-order Point Nemo HERE.