Poetry is often a source of inspiration for songwriters, offering up perspectives on rythym and imagery that aren’t necessarily found in traditional songwriting. For British folk group Bird in the Belly, that inspiration is integral to their own songwriting, so much so that their new song “Horace in Brighton” is based on one of their favorite poems.
“The lyrics are taken from a poem Horace Smith wrote in 1813,” Bird in the Belly says. “They talk about him going to Brighton, and swapping city life for a weekend by the sea. We’re based in Brighton, so when Adam and Laura from the band brought the poem to the studio, it really resonated with us. The Brighton in the poem still rings so true to the Brighton of today — it’s somewhere people can escape to, and find a little bit of whatever they want. We just wanted to have a track on the record that summed up beautiful lazy early autumn days by the sea, and hopefully the track does that for people.”
Bird in the Belly are a recently formed band comprising folk artist Jinwoo, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor, Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti (also known as folk duo Hickory Signals), and musician Epha Roe. “Horace in Brighton” is the band’s first single, and will officially release on November 24.
Listen to “Horace in Brighton” below.