Learn to Pray—Self, Wealth & Fame
“‘Learn to Pray’ is told from the perspective of someone powerlessly witnessing a culture in the midst of its collapse, and wishing to take a distance from it” says lead singer Martin Rehof about Communions' newest single.
The final single before Copenhagen-based Communions release their sophomore album Pure Fabrication (Apr 23), “Learn to Pray” stylistically “points towards a completely new direction” for Communions, and tells a story of cultural disintegration at the hands of narcissism, wealth and fame.
Lead singer Martin Rehof explains: “While Pure Fabrication gives a thematic portrayal of certain forces that allow one to freely fabricate one’s life, whether it be forces of love, independence, or freedom, “Learn To Pray” deals rather with being tied to the fabric of the social world. Pertaining to this, it portrays a communal lapse into cultural decline.”
It’s a snapshot from the middle of Communions’ reverse coming of age story on Pure Fabrication, where the story’s protagonist undergoes a jaded and cynical battle with identity. “While the blueprint of the coming of age story traditionally involves a protagonist who enters the world seeking answers and emerges renewed, with newfound maturity, Pure Fabrication reveals that growth is tricky and may come at a price. The journey into the ‘real’ world only complicates and fractures any vague sense of clarity that one might have had to begin with.”
Most well-known for their amps-blaring, drumhead-smashing punk flavored pop-rock, “Learn to Pray” also marks a new stylistic direction for Communions. With slow, steady broomstick-played drums and a repetitive, slightly jazzy bass line, it is a more restrained showing than their previous singles from the album. But “Learn to Pray” also gains its power from its restraint, leaving space for Rehof’s sinister, stream-of-consciousness lyrics.