Forever hoping we’ll all make our way back
The thing everyone mentions first from Askew Road is that it’s got a Richey voiceclip in it. I still don’t know myself if it fits the lyrics that reminisce the band’s earlier days or if it’s completely out of place because the quote relates to the subject matter very, very vaguely. Gives a chance to hear the man’s voice, at the least.
Askew Road in general is brilliant, however. It’s almost ambient: driven pretty much only by keyboard chords and the occasional deep bass. On the single it continues the rather lovely progression the other two songs on it have – from Nixon’s beat-heavy groove to the subtler, more atmospheric Everything Will Be and finally everything else is left out but the atmosphere on Askew Road. It’s a very melancholy song, wonderfully backing the lyrics.
Speaking of the lyrics, it’s one of those instances during Lifeblood era where Nicky’s constantly worsening writer’s block takes effect as the words consists of a singular verse repeated twice (with very minor changes). The same happens on a lot of Lifeblood b-sides but on Askew it’s not as ear-jarring. Askew’s all about atmosphere and all you need is James’ hushed vocal to make it work beautifully.