Single of the Week: Saviour’s Hands by Colin Onderdonk
Saviours Hands, the second single from Texan singer songwriter Colin Onderdonk, consolidates the young artist’s position as one to watch. Taken off of his debut EP Proximity Effect, Onderdonk continues to show maturity in both his lyrics, delivery, and musicality.
There is something shambling about Saviours Hand: Onderdonk sounds exhausted and the percussion sounds like it’s coming from the multitude of tombstones mentioned in the song. That’s another way that Onderdonk excels: mood. Like his previous single, Tidal Bomb, Saviours Hands is packed full of big questions, big ideas, and proves that this young man is a big deal.
It’s a song about temptation, all the forms it can take, and the consequences it brings. Lines like “I walk in a minefield of my own flesh/ disguised by wicked seduction” can be read as a fear of romantic entanglement, the promise of pain that is as inevitable as happiness; further symbolised by the tombstones of all his fallen friends. It could also be interpreted as a warning, or fear of passion, the beauty is that while the song will mean something specific to its creator, Onderdonk has left just enough wiggle room for us to mould it to our own ideas. That is how songs become popular, and that is how artists last.