Patrick John White released Jargon, his debut record as the experimental songsmith Legato Bebop, earlier this spring (in a review for SW, Eric Grandy called it "An odd, borderless solo album that builds and drifts from ambient din to full-on grunge-crunching rock to fluffy hip-hop beats to Panda Bear/Fleet Foxes-derived harmonies.") White is prepping a follow-up EP called Proximity, to be released on November 13, and this week he released its first single, "Perpetual Love."
This lovely artwork was done by Casey Catherwood.
"Perpetual Love" begins with a quiet, ritzy melody that sounds like the music on a carousel ride; some dark synthesizers make Twin Peaks-style intonations, and then a single vocal line enters and repeats for a full minute before reaching a subtle but emotional crescendo. The far-off quality of the vocals make them sound like samples of a vintage song but it's actually just White and his fiancee singing the worlds--"So many days I forget, I hope that they all understand"--over each other. The song is gorgeous in its elegance and its teasing structure--the way that it builds and then drops out suddenly, leaving you wishing it went on.
Here's "Homes," another track that will appear on Proximity.