I find it hard to dwell on any one thing. Music has become an exhausting never ending cycle of discovery, the pursuit of my brain to the end of rabbit holes until my gaze is shaken onto something else. Nothing is constant, except my insatiable appetite for new music, new pathways for thoughts to tiptoe down, that overwhelming urge to reach out for unknowns.

It’s just that I can‘t concentrate on any one thing. I live, opting in for glimpses, between the moments that are my life. Pulling the attention out of my pocket, scanning its avenues, not giving my fullness to anything. In a perpetual halfway house. Living within the redundancy of realisation. Like a shimmering lake that exists only for aesthetic pleasure, I will never know the warmth of its waters, I will never navigate its depth.

The constant, aside from my appetite, is my experience as a viewer. Looking in on the world through these disturbed thought patterns, my emotional responses never falter, they are simply harnessed and capsized in new ways. The millennia spent evolving instinctive responses, unstoppable impulses, at once triggered and wholly unnecessary.

I cycle through these instinctive retorts within the realms of my stuttering attention. Yet some things exist outside of that, from a time before, like postcards from the past. Relics from a different age. I am lucky to be living during a time of such turmoil, yet I am burdened by an inability to live fully within one or the other, where the norms of my existence as defined to me in youth are redundant in adulthood.


These thoughts were carried by 'Bound and Boundless', the first new music from Do Make Say Think in 8 years. Their music has always been the map that guides your brain. This piece is no different, although their sound has evolved over their period of absence, now fuller and more intriguing.

The idea behind Stubborn Persistent Illusions, the new album out in May, comes from a Buddhist poem: "The idea is that each song is a thought or daydream, independent but at the same time connected to the other thoughts through subconscious feelings. And although the thoughts come and go, the feelings return over and over throughout our lives. The suggestion in the poem is that when your mental chatter carries you away you don’t necessarily need to tie it down or shut it up; you can instead recognize thoughts as thoughts and let them play out. Eventually, all concepts must return to perception, where they started."

Stubborn Persistent Illusions is out on May 19 via Constellation. You can pre-order it by heading here.