One As Beautiful As You comprises two songs, ‘Quiet Ire’ and ‘Free (SKF)’.
“’One as Beautiful as You’ is dedicated to the memory of our late friend Sean Kennedy,” says Agnes Manners’ Matt Gravolin.
Gravolin explains that he began writing ‘Quiet Ire’ a month prior to his passing.
“[It was] at a time when many of us were concerned about his wellbeing.
“The song was and is a paean to his fortitude and a token of my sympathy.
“It had seemed to me that Sean was well on his path to stability when I started writing ‘Free’ – the world was well, and I was falling for someone at the speed of light; I was enraptured in that burgeoning love when I got the call informing me that Sean was gone.”
“We had studio time coming up, and I couldn’t bring myself to write about anything other than SK,” continues Gravoin. “But didn’t know how to articulate what I was feeling and how sharply the week had pivoted.”
“Plummeting from the vertiginous height of new affection to the fathomless gorge of bereavement. I decided to continue chronologically and keep writing Free from where I’d left off, picking it up from the second verse.
“Many of us were quite literally worried sick about SK for the better part of last year and the start of this one – I had written his ballad, in the form of ‘Quiet Ire’, with the belief that he’d get better.
“He didn’t, and he died, and I know he wouldn’t have wanted another ballad.
“Sean is free of the trauma that followed him since he was a boy,” says Gravolin. “He is free of the depression and anxiety that hunted him as a man; I wanted to write something melodically and lyrically reflective of that for his second song.”
You can hear both songs below.
Agnes Manners is the brainchild of ex-Hellions frontman, Matt Gravolin.
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