There are a lot of exciting new acts around at the moment – so much is true – but if we’re being honest, something about The Let Go stands out. Each of their early offerings has provoked some kind of reaction in Dork’s shadowy broom cupboard HQ, so when we heard they had a new mixtape, ‘Delete My Feelings’, on the way, it only made sense to drop Cole and Scout a line and ask them to tell us more about it, track by track style. And they did. Check out the story behind the new release, out today (18th March), now
Delete My Feelings
‘Delete My Feelings’ was our cathartic mess turned into a song. For the most part, the instrumentals took inspiration from Frank Ocean’s ‘Nikes’. The feelings that ‘Nikes’ portray are so relaxed, but at the same time, the song is a build-up of emotion. Writing ‘Delete My Feelings’ proved that encapsulating that feeling in a song is so hard to do if it’s not done right. This was us doing that and pouring everything we have into it.
The lyrics are about an unfinished relationship, which is what the entire record is about. Setting the vibe with words like: “dreams, they’re make-believe / cause you just aren’t what you seem / make me delete my feelings”
This song means the world to me [Cole] because it’s about a relationship that feels unresolved. I wanted the song to feel that way. Further into it, it references a relationship with someone who’s super successful, and on every fucking billboard you see. Even when the relationship is gone, it feels never-ending because you see their face everywhere. It’s the worst feeling. I also think it’s a very specific type of breakup, and I wanted a song to relate and focus on that.
From the lonely feeling sax solo to the rain in the background of the chorus, the instrumental was meant to further solidify the melancholic lyrics and overall lonely vibe of the track.
‘Woke”s lyrics imply that it’s so hard to be happy with yourself in this age of the internet, so we wanted to create something that wasn’t supposed to fit together but did anyway.
Pairing different styles of guitar and unconventional drum sounds, ‘Woke’ is meant to bring forth a feeling of chaos and trying to patch it all together into one cohesive mess.
Last Year’s Model Club
‘Last Year’s Model Club’ is about the angst of a breakup and the lingering feelings you get whilst trying to heal. We wanted to write a song that people could scream their heads off to in their car. With an in your face bass sound and abrasive guitar lines to top it off, we wanted ‘Last Year’s Model Club’ to be simple to understand. It’s supposed to be raw, punchy, and simply angry. Everyone has felt like screaming into a pillow after a shit breakup, and we formulated ‘LYMC’ to give off that same feeling.
‘Beabadoobee’ is about being so unhappy in a relationship that you look to someone you admire instead. Because the melodies are so rhythmic, it was so fun to make. I [Cole] adore making melody lines that are really rhythmically driven and have movement.
For me [Scout], I wanted to make the instrumental feel like you’re falling. With the heavily reverbed guitar, droning and detuned synths, and the pitch shift at the end, the track is meant to give off an unsettling feeling, like the turning point of a toxic relationship.
‘Ghost’ is about a relationship that never feels finished, and because of that, you never feel closure. By making the guitars sound like they’ve been ripped off of an old record, we wanted it to represent and emphasise the raw and candid feel of the lyrics. This song is a closing door on the record, as it reflects all the feelings that went into this mixtape in one song. You can hate on someone all you want after a relationship ends poorly, but this song represents those bits of time where you know you could never hate them. They constantly linger in your mind and haunt your apartment. It’s a terrible feeling, but you never want it to go away because that would mean that they’re really gone.