The Fernweh // ‘The Wounds of Love’

Words: J Anderson / @j.ando82

  • ‘The Wounds of Love’ is the latest single by Liverpool’s The Fernweh.
  • It is the group’s first release since their 2019 ‘Sunsighs’ EP.
  • Released as the group work on material for their second LP.

The Fernweh emerged from Liverpool in the form of three session musicians “on a journey to make their perfect record”. Their achievements include a debut album, described by Q Magazine as a “new lost classic”, an EP and a performance at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust. ‘The Wounds of Love’ is the band’s first release since 2019 and has already been given airtime by Lauren Laverne and Radcliffe & Maconie.

Above: Release artwork for ‘The Wounds of Love’, Winterlude Records (2021)

The Fernweh are joined on ‘The Wounds of Love’ by musicians Matthew Phillips, Maja Agnevik, Mirabelle Gilis and Edgar Jones, providing plenty of ear candy throughout the song. The rhythm generated by the synergy of bass and cello compliments the open space made by violins and melodic synth tones, imbuing ‘Wounds’ with a dramatic, almost orchestral feel. The song’s inspiration, ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, is described by vocalist Ned Crowther as a “forbidding yet redemptive parable”, a sentiment that is skilfully captured in this track. ‘The Wounds of Love’ is out now on Winterlude Records and is accompanied by a beautifully designed video courtesy of Sam Gill & Eimear Kavanagh.

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