Following the release of Snapshot Of A Beginner earlier this year, Halifax indie outfit Nap Eyes are back with two new tracks, “Snake Oil” and “Child’s Romance.”
The new tunes come as B-sides from the album sessions. “‘Snake oil’ is a well-known idiom of course, for which everyone will have their own associations, and no doubt anyone listening today will be able to find some apropos uses for it,” frontman Nigel Chapman explains. “At the same time, the song is king od a contradiction or riddle, because whatever this ‘snake oil’ literally represents, the singer is apparently brewing and stewing it as some kind of sustenance.”
“To me, it’s child-like in that it’s expressing admiration and affection for another person, but without any romantic-relationship-oriented ulterior motives,” Chapman explains of “Child’s Romance.” “After writing it I was thinking it’s maybe a bit like the ‘courtly love’ attitude expressed in medieval literature (the early/original ‘Romances’), which is a slightly outlandish combination of aesthetics, idealism, and passion.”
Listen to “Snake Oil” and “Child’s Romance” below.