False Priest Shares A Twangy New “Turn”
After releasing their debut album Driving In Circles in the fall of 2017 and a corollary video premier on Phluff a few months later, False Priest are at it again. The band has announced their upcoming sophomore record, due out April 19th on Feels So Reel Music, entitled I Can’t Contain It Anymore. And now False Priests gives us a first listen of the twangy new track: “Turn”.
In this song, False Priest wrangles up spiraling lap steel guitars with moments of noisey post-punk, and an overall impressive songwriting structure. The band jokingly stated on Twitter that they’ve “shelved an upcoming album, We’re Also Cowboys in light of the recent oversaturation in cowboy-but-not-really music.” This being said, the group rides among the indie rock turned post-country horses. They continue onward while separating themselves from the “y’alternative” pack.
“Turn” begins with vocals delivered by Evan Greenwald, initially accompanied by tastefully simple drums, a steady bass line, and a growing wall of slide and lap steel guitars which become prevalent throughout the song. Greenwald’s voice is tonally similar to Jonah Furman of Krill but with the incorporation of a more mellow, slow burning style. Greenwald had this to say about “Turn”:
"The song is about knowing when you fucked up. The whole album sort of about the way feelings can get bottled up inside and then erupt in inappropriate ways, and this song, it’s a moment of clarity in all of that. At the same time, I also think it’s kind of about a distinct kind of guilt I feel, that is overwhelming and ultimately not completely productive, although it could be, if I channel it right. That’s the struggle!”
While the track builds upon initial ideas, it takes a unique turn on structure. Adding just the right nuances in just the right places, “Turn” navigates a series of beautifully strange buildups.
As the tune transitions and evolves, peculiar effect-soaked keys (and likely some buried novel guitar sounds) surface as the song makes a massive midway crescendo. After cleverly dipping down and rebuilding, a startling and immense slide up to an explosive few seconds catches you off guard. “Turn” definitely takes a variety of turns in several directions, all the while reminding us how important it is to create songs both singular and memorable.