The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’ – Review
Cork 5 piece The Hard Ground release their sophomore album Triptych on April 23rd. It is preceded by the release of lead single ‘Pucker’. Opening with a soft hip-hop beat, hand claps and chiming keyboard chords, Marlene Enright’s gorgeous voice takes centre stage from the outset. The song is a blissed out slice of dreamy alt. pop, with a catchy chorus growing to a more urgent & intense middle eight. With its laid back rhythm and blissful vocals, the song bears some sonic similarities to British trip-hop group Morcheeba’s 2002 hit single ‘Otherwise’, yet still retains a unique quality all of its own. ‘Pucker’ is an undeniably strong single which sets the bar high for the forthcoming album release. Also noteworthy is the song’s clever and original accompanying video, filmed entirely from inside a zorbing ball in the band’s native county Cork. Switching between speeds and black & white & colour tones, it is an interesting (if slightly dizzying) experience!
Watch the video here:
Review by Gary O’Donnell