Best Local Single

"NWO"

The most memorable song on Deep Sea Diver's debut album History Speaks is also its first single, the exquisite piano track "NWO." That stands for "New World Order," and the chorus, as sung by frontwoman Jessica Dobson, includes the line "As we walk in the valley of the shadow of death." But the gangsta-rap similarities stop there. "NWO" combines haunting, slow-burning verses with an incessant drumbeat and an amped-up chorus that showcases Dobson's plaintive vocals at their very best. Those disparate elements make for a rarity: a somber song you can dance to. ERIN K. THOMPSON thedeepseadiver.com

 
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