QuickFire Questions with Mowesby

"The line “this is the long and lonely wave” is an acknowledgment of the sadness, confusion, and isolation complex trauma can bring and that healing is a lifelong journey."
23 June 2022

By Vanessa B

We live in challenging times. The world often seems unstable and full of conflict and many of us struggle additionally with inner challenges and struggles amongst all the chaos. Thankfully we can always look to art, including music, as a soothing balm in the face of visible and invisible adversity, and Mowesby‘s latest single The Long and Lonely Wave was created with exactly this in mind. At just over two and a half minutes in length, this delicate indie folk track feels much shorter than it is, probably because of its comforting quality that leaves you wanting to stick around in its sonic sanctuary. An “aural meditation” written out of empathy to offer support to a loved one, The Long and Lonely Wave is here to be enjoyed by anyone who could use a few moments of tranquility.

Listen and read our QuickFire Questions interview with the Massachusetts-based artist below.

What inspired your creation of The Long and Lonely Wave?

I wrote the song for my wife as a love song that’s set during a moment within a mental health journey and wanted it to convey warmth and support. The line “this is the long and lonely wave” is an acknowledgment of the sadness, confusion, and isolation complex trauma can bring and that healing is a lifelong journey. It’s saying that we’ve encountered these difficult feelings before, and that, like before, they will pass.

Will you be releasing any similar songs in the near future? (We could easily imagine listening to a full album of this, given its soothing and meditative nature.)

Thank you! I’m currently working on about 6 songs that are in various stages of completion and hope to release another single by the end of the year. I envision “The Long and Lonely Wave” as the opening track on my next album. The new music also has a dreamy, meditative vibe, which seems to come naturally when I write.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I typically write and record at the same time. A lot of my ideas come out of the blue so I’ll record them onto my cell phone as fragments to piece together some other time. I also construct many songs around improvisations. The melody, chord progression, and lyrics of the “Long and Lonely Wave” were first improvised over a phone recording of a reverse loop. The loop was a catalyst for the improvisations and became an integral part of the song’s structure, so it stayed in the final mix. As with most of my songs, there were few iterations before the final version.

What drives your music?

Communicating with words alone can be a struggle for me and is juxtaposed with a need and desire to connect with others. Music helps me overcome these struggles by letting me express feelings that are otherwise difficult to share.

What is your favourite sound in the world?

The sound of a peaceful summer night. Not an empty silence, but one that’s filled with the gentle sound of crickets, campfire, and a gentle breeze.

Photos: Sarah Belclaire 

Cover art: Rob Rabadan