The Gracious Losers have premiered their new video for the track titled ‘Loath to leave’. Graciously gritty and beautifully subdued, ‘Loath to Leave’ is a musically melancholy track devoid of boredom and filled with introvertedness. The music reacts to the lyrics in a subtle fashion, almost highlighting the meaning with little influence. This is masterful songwriting. Almost like a noir-style film with almost hidden plot points, the video artistically emphasizes the musical crescendo, an almost anti-crescendo actually, with the skills found on a cinematic level.

“‘Loath to Leave’ is about the sheer magic that is capturing and preserving a likable version of ourselves on film or in a photograph and the tragic reality of not being able to stay in that moment.”

About The Gracious Losers

Known as a 9-piece supergroup, featuring members of Sister John, Thrum, God Help the Girl, The Parsonage, Sporting Hero, and the Berie Big Band, The Gracious Losers draw on their shared and disparate musical influences including Celtic folk, 70s psychedelia, and outlaw country. The album title, ‘Six Road Ends’ refers to an arcane place in Northern Ireland, where six rural roads haphazardly converged at one perilous junction. The crossing no longer exists, and so has taken on a mythical quality despite once being very real – a place of stuckness, hesitation, and risk. Lilley’s intricate songwriting reflects these themes, feeling at times planted in an intersection and at others moving lightspeed toward uncertainty.

The lead single “Loath to Leave,” out on February 18th, follows the throughline of impermanence with a lightly plodding funk groove, unexpectedly melancholy lyrics, and decaying organ frills that alluding to a peaceful fade away. A wailing slide guitar propels listeners along as the track evolves through what feels like time and space. The track’s video underscores the detachment from spacetime, as Lilley and vocalist Amanda McKeown fluctuate freely between chairs in a “perpetual state of magic” before disappearing altogether. The duo can be seen in a state of waiting in a liminal living-room, passing the time by checking watches or kicking the ground, before resolving the tension created by transitional moments with a sense of relief.