Bartees Strange Swims Against the Currents of Time and Distance on “Weights”
The bonus track arrives ahead of the deluxe version of Strange’s 2020 album Live Forever, out next week.
It’s almost been a year since D.C.-based rockstar and producer Bartees Strange released his acclaimed album Live Forever, and recently he’s been fueling the release with sold-out shows ahead of tours alongside Lucy Dacus and Courtney Barnett. Today he’s announced a deluxe version of the LP that comes out next Friday, featuring two album remakes titled “Flagey God Redux” and “Free Kelly Rowland.” It also comes with a new song titled “Weights,” which Strange has released today.
The track was recorded earlier this year with producer Will Yip. In a comment about “Weights,” Strange said: “This is about the ones that got away. Going back and forth in my head about relationships that could have happened, missing that it didn’t, and finally realizing I gotta let the weight of it all go.”
“Timing’s not a friend sometimes,” Strange reflects about an ill-fated relationship on the single. Guitars growl and writhe around his tense vocals, at times longingly smooth. “Feelings spring up sometimes,” he repeats at certain turns. “Weights” capture the hailstorm of nostalgia and longing that comes from a relationship’s star-crossed destiny. Urgent synths emphasize the hopeless romanticism of his final line: “When can we try / How far am I?”
Listen to “Weights” below.