As well as representing a significant progression in Pearce’s musical development, So On also covers extraordinary thematic ground. The album touches on the housing crisis (‘Lucifer the Landlord’), brutalising social expectations (‘17th Century Girl’), mental health (‘Brain Desert’ and ‘The Damned One’) and asking for help (‘So On’). They are all united by a keen desire to reach out a hand, a plea for connection and support.
So On reaches the apotheosis of this impulse in the richly atmospheric ‘Maria, Come Home’, dedicated to the late Soprano Maria Callas. ‘Maria Come Home’ sits perfectly in an album aiming to unite a sense of the personal and emotional, and offer some comfort in troubled times. This thematic depth coupled with a growing experimentation with both traditional songwriting and electronic experimentation suggests an unconventional artist unwilling to countenance limitation.