It’s been five years since we’ve gotten new music from the UK-based alt-R&B outfit Until the Ribbon Breaks, who first landed on our radars a decade ago with a feature on the debut Run the Jewels album. In the meantime, Pete Lawrie Winfield’s project has released two full-lengths, the self-titled latter of which landed in 2018 with no follow-up music to speak of.
Today, though, Winfield is breaking that silence with the Lucius-featuring “Everything Else but Rain,” an emotional single that blows past the overwrought national and global themes of the COVID years and cuts straight to the personal matters that have equally consumed him during this period, including a six-year journey of sobriety. “‘Everything Else but Rain’ was the first song that I wrote and recorded for this project, and [it] was a huge surprise because it was joyful,” Winfield shared with us ahead of the track’s release. “It’s about forgiveness, hope, and redemption by being able to say ‘Well, this was my part in it.’ It felt nice to literally say ‘I’m sorry’ in a song.”
In a press release he adds that he’s still proud of the songs he’s written prior that address issues of the world at large, “but they’re defensive,” he noted. “I’ve never written from a place of love. I always gave myself an out by creating these dystopian, ‘isn't it all fucked?’ observations. The thing that surprised me about when I started writing lyrics to ‘Everything Else but Rain’ is that I had no interest in that… I wanted less distance in my writing, and more direct contact.”
Hear the results below, arriving with a self-directed video for the track.