Arrows Of Love have been fans of Leonard Cohen's work for as long as they can remember, absorbing the bard's use of darkness and light into their own work.
New single 'Beast' arrives on December 9th, but when news broke of Leonard Cohen's death the group simply couldn't focus.
Heading straight back into the studio, Arrows Of Love decided to record a version of 'Famous Blue Raincoat', from Cohen's album 'Songs Of Love And Hate'.
The band explain:
What can one say about Leonard Cohen?
How can one word say anything that isn't already described better by the wordless sensation in the hearts of the many who loved him?
To say he was one of the greatest poets of our lifetime, which would be a great accolade for some, is not enough. As true as it is.
To talk about how he could paint whole chapters with eight or nine words, and even take you to the point of experiencing years of someone else's life across a few sentences... feels trite.
And I think that's because with Leonard Cohen's death, which comes at a time where we are surrounded by such depravity, it’s hard to shift the sensation that this is not just the death of a great man, but the death of an Age; An age of beauty, of hope and humanity, which we will not see the like of again.
When we mourn for Leonard Cohen we are, in part, mourning for ourselves.
His words breached the gap between song and listener to transmit that humanity into us, and his bold truths held a mirror up, to the ugliness of the ones like us, in a way that helped us see, understand and accept our beauty.
He has connected us, across ages, genders, and nations; in a way that no politician, army, or ideology ever could.
And in his death, he has connected us one last time.
Check out Arrows Of Love's version of 'Famous Blue Raincoat' below.