David Strange is an artist who's continuously surprised me since I became acquainted with him last year.
I'm not sure what it is about songs called "Cocaine," but they always seem to be great. Strange's latest single is mellow and sad, slow and intimate. Opening with no more than vocals and guitar, the atmosphere slowly, sparsely waxes and wanes beneath the sullen melody.
The bridge quickly grows, with the help of a satisfyingly huge percussion crash and a distorted guitar. Retreating back into its shell, the second verse adds a gorgeous female vocal harmony to the melody. Simple though it is, the new layer adds something utterly beautiful and new to the overall sound.
I really, really love the scratchy psychedelic guitar solos littered throughout; to me, they are solely responsible for what makes this track so strong and so interesting.
David Strange's eponymous EP came out last week. You can purchase it here.