John Vanderslice is gearing up to release his first record in six years, The Cedars. Out April 5, the album sees the veteran musician and producer experimenting and exploring a wide range of unique influences. Today, he’s shared the second single off the album, “Will Call,” a warped electronic-based song whose contrasting elements sputter and ding over a brooding bass line.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, Vanderslice claimed to be influenced greatly by Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA, saying last year’s Veteran “...felt like a new direction to me in music: the rhythmic information was so fucked up and manipulated and the aggressive use of side-chaining seemed to influence a lot of stuff that was released later that year. There was this strange disconnection between the rapping, drum machines, and harmonic elements in the song that was very freeing for me.” “Will Call” follows last month’s “I’ll Wait For You.”
John Vanderslice will play the Tractor Tavern on Friday, March 22. Listen to “Will Call” below along with Vanderslice’s 2009 KEXP in-studio performance.
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