Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Before they release their new album Meaning in a few weeks, Field Mouse shared a third single, “Black Hole, Son.” The infectious pop-driven song is deceptively upbeat — it’s all sunshine and shimmery beats until you realize that vocalist/songwriter Rachel Browne is singing about the end of the world. Imagining the apocalypse puts everyday problems in perspective, Browne finds, and a bit of levity makes it all easier to deal with.

Browne shared in a press release:

“This song is about a vision of the end of the world in something catastrophic, like a black hole. The verses deal with more earthly feelings of solitude and relationship tension, things which seem ridiculous when set against total annihilation. Without that perspective, our problems can certainly feel world-ending, and I was thinking a lot about that duality. The song is essentially about going back and forth between fretting over micro things like social anxiety and freaking out about the literal end of the world. Andrew fought for the song title and it still makes me chuckle.”

Meaning is out August 16 on Topshelf Records, and Field Mouse will play Boot & Saddle the day before. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to “Black Hole, Son” below.