Musically, “Acid Blue” takes the listener on a pop-rock / electronica / alt-pop / journey. In that order! Quinlan intertwines Billie Reid’s lyric into an electro bed of sub-bass, bass, electric guitars, heavy drums, and keyboard sounds that morph as we progress through the song, following the theme of the lyric.
Lyrically, “Acid Blue”, sadly, is about depression. There is, however, some short-lived relief via an acid trip. The lyric at the end of verse three “… the rainbows in my head …… turn into tunes …” provided the transition point to morph the mood into a spacey, tempo changing, electronica interlude. After a minute or so, sadly, we (Billie) transition “back in reality, the light caved in, made my sunburst brain feel sick again. I wish that the light would come shining through, I’m acid blue, I’m acid blue”. It’s a powerful song.
“There’s a crack in my skull that lets the light get in, let’s it tan my brain & I can’t remember when, that I last saw the sun, shining through, that’s nothing new” Acid Blue
A thoughtful, soulful song about love. Full of ambient textures. Quinlan’s voice is a perfect conveyance for Billie Reid’s lyric. It’s heartfelt yet understated.
“I can hear your heartbeat honey, can you hear mine. You’re coming closer baby, and I feel fine”
Resultantly, Quinlan Porteous’s music is a volatile hybrid, combining the purebred folk compulsions of bluegrass and rockabilly, infused with his own punk-influenced approach to songwriting.