School of Language is the project of British musician and songwriter David Brewis, better known for his work with Field Music. Five years after his second full-length Old Fears, he released a new album. 45 is out now via Memphis Industries and an album about Donald Trump – his dubious rise in politics, his capricious behavior while in office and the motley cast of characters he has surrounded himself with. Listen below.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by US politics and that fascination became an obsession in the run up to the 2016 election,” says Brewis. “It really made me wonder as to whether I had any understanding of people whatsoever. It feels like Trump’s success has rendered in perfect detail every fault line in Western democracy – how profile beats policy, how corporate interests overwhelm the needs of ordinary people and how ethics and the rule of law are at the mercy of partisanship. To be honest, I could probably have written twice as many songs such is the wealth of scarcely believable material surrounding the Trump administration. It’s like King Lear populated by the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here in the UK, I feel far enough removed that I can turn my revulsion into satire. I don’t think I could do the same with Brexit. It’s too close.”