Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin and Sam Yardley
Originally Aired: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Matilda Hill Jenkins
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Porridge Radio, the English indie rock band, was formed to play Dana Margolin’s emotional but enigmatic songs. She and multi-instrumentalist Sam Yardley play stripped down versions of songs from the upcoming album Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky.
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When Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, one of the most vital new voices in rock, began to consider the themes of their new album, three vivid words emerged: joy, fear and endlessness. She had called the band’s third full-length, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, an image that’s partly inspired by a collage by the surrealist artist Eileen Agar, and evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life. But Dana was also drawn to the story of Jacob’s Ladder from the Old Testament which, “symbolises the ups and downs of human life, of virtue and transgression,” she explains. The idea
that no one emotional state is binary is central to the album. “Within this album the feelings of joy, fear and endlessness coexist together,” says Dana.
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