If the first single is any indication, Spoon's new album Transference will be filled with deconstructed pop and angsty vocals. "Written in Reverse" features the same sound Spoon trademarked on 2001's Girls Can Tell, but it's amplified and stronger--and darker, too.
Spoon's "Written in Reverse" is the first single off Transference, which drops Jan. 19.
The single has a similar melody to "I Turn My Camera On," the incredibly catchy single from
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Gimme Fiction: the notes start and stop, falling up and down, giving the song a bouncy pulse. But "Written in Reverse" takes all the pop sensibility of the band's last single and smartly breaks it apart. The tinkling xylophone and repetitive guitar from on "I Turn My Camera On" are replaced with a banged-out, broken piano. Lead singer Britt Daniel's distinctive voice has become a near wail, evening breaking into a full scream at the song's climax.