Synthetic Witnesses and Late Night Vibes [Single Reviews]
alt-J – “3WW”
The dark, trippy new single from alt-J features an extensive intro, where a thunderous bassline and simplistic guitar strum first take root before singer Joe Newman finally comes in. The lengthy “3WW” does eventually fade away, but not before (twice) reaching its peak on a soaring, almost symphonic choral line.
Benjamin Booker – “Witness”
“Witness” is a bit edgier than much of Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut, and I’m not sure if that’s due to the stomp and clap feel to the song’s verses, the foot-tapping blues groove shared by the piano and guitar, or both. Add to that the gospel-tinged vocals courtesy of Mavis Staples’ guest spot, and there’s one thing I am sure of: if Witness sounds anything like its title track, it will be a killer follow-up.
The Giant & The Tailor – “Synthetic”
Cleveland, Tennessee’s coolest “talk rock” trio (now a quartet) is back with a new single, and this time around they venture into somewhat unfamiliar, more melodic territory. Instead of a more intense feel like usual, bassist Preston Hale sings on much of “Synthetic,” and the bridge of the tune layers this singing along with frontman Britain Miethe’s signature spoken word delivery. As for the instrumentation, the drums and guitar complement each other perfectly throughout the whole song. I’m eager to hear more of this new sound.