Communions Explore The Power Dynamics Of Addiction In “Splendour”


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Danish act Communions are back with a new rock single “Splendour,” where they break down the lopsided dynamics of power in addictions. On the surface, “Splendour” feels like it’s portraying a relationship where one side is addicted to another, creating an imbalance of emotional power. But contextually, the song applies to broader situations that go beyond a one-to-one relationship with another individual. With its shivering waves of billowing strings, and staggering percussions, “Splendour” detonates in sublime fashion:

“I wouldn’t say that it’s necessarily about a specific person” said Martin Rehof on the meaning of the song. “Rather, in a less concrete sense, it’s about the oppressive power that certain things in life can have over you. For instance, making art is something I love, but not something I feel I can help, and often it can be quite painful and fruitless. It’s like this thing, whatever it is, has chosen you, and not the other way around. It might inflict you with pain, but you almost come to enjoy it; you sort of accept it, embrace it, and maybe even thrive on it. It’s the context of someone addicted to someone or something else — where the power dynamics are skewed.”

Communions is comprised of brothers Martin and Mads Rehof who have already released three EPs, one album, and played in various festivals all across the world. After the departure of long-time band members, they decided to restructure the band. Their latest single “Splendour” still features contributions of their former members Jacob van Deurs Formann (guitar) and Frederik Lind Köppen (drums). Be on the lookout for more groovy goodies from the band in the upcoming year.