SPENCER RADCLIFFE & EVERYONE ELSE – ” Wrong Turn “

Posted: April 3, 2017 in MUSIC
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Chicago songwriter Spencer Radcliffe lends a little bit of foreboding to just about anything he touches. That’s long been true of the lonely ambient compositions he’s made as Blithe Field and, over the last couple of years, he’s made even his rock songs feel spooky. On “Wrong Turn”—the lead single from his first album with his live band (billed here as “Everyone Else”)—Radcliffe sounds like he might be having a good time. Swooning guitars and fluttering string lines surround him as he sings about peeling down an open road with the windows down. But lurking behind the sunny guitar lines is a sense of doom: Listen closer and you can hear that he’s actually hit the road because he spotted smoke on the horizon (“If the world’s gone cold/Let us watch it burn…My true desire is to be one with the fire”). With that in mind, the newfound looseness of his band shouldn’t feel as comforting as it does. This isn’t rock music for nihilists: The push and pull between the breezy pace and the morbid lyrics is pleasant, even kind of funny. “Wrong Turn,” presents a new look for Radcliffe—one that repackages his sinister side with a smile.

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