White Lies: “Unfinished Business”

Following in the footsteps of bands like The Cure and Joy Division, White Lies is a British post-punk group composed of Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, and Jack Lawrence-Brown, three musicians who met in London in the early 2000s. The start of their band goes back to 2004, but it wasn’t until the release of “Unfinished Business” (described in Spotify as a “funereal murder ballad”; how cool is that?) that the trio would get some recognition in their home country.

It’s this specific song that I love and I think everyone should take a listen to. The song is truly a somber yet transcendentally emotive piece of music, and one that demonstrates some connection with death by using the hard, reverberating sounds of the keyboard to resemble church organs during a ceremony. The later introduction to the chorus, which accuses someone of having blood on their hands, is the majestic achievement of carefully written lyrics, and the moment when you’ll get lost in the song. This single will be your introduction to a whole new world of looming fears and cathartic absolution through the power of music.

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