Leo Bhanji has released a new song, ‘Raw’, the first tease of his new EP Birth Videos— and boy is it a doozy.
It starts off well enough. Bedroom pop synths bounce around and fill up the sonic space. That’s agreeable enough, if not a little well-worn territory at this point. Not unpleasant, but nothing special. But then comes the first verse and that goddamn drum machine.
I’ll state the obvious: it sounds like the drum machine is broken, or the loop is a few milliseconds off every time it repeats. It’s jarring and dares you to blink first, calling it on its own faults. Leo’s voice is fine, the instrumentation is fine, but that drum track is the exact opposite of a groove, and it’s driving me insane.
“This is music that I just wanted to keep learning with and look back on as something special kept from whatever was going on at the time; I don’t actually remember what was going on at the time, but that’s not important right now. I hope everyone enjoys it and is doing OK in general.” Isn’t that sweet? I am doing OK, Leo. Thanks for asking. I hope you are too. Your new song is maddening, and I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing.
As of the writing of this article, the video linked down below has three reactions, two “Thumbs Up” and one “Thumbs Down”, and the comments are turned off. What better sign of a divisive, alienating piece of art?
I can’t stop thinking about this song. It is physically impossible for me to listen to the lyrics or care about anything other than that anti-groove. Just when it seems like it’s about to course-correct itself, it either skitters back on itself or drops out entirely, only to return with a vengeance. It melts my brain. It makes me physically and emotionally upset. What better compliment can I give a song than the fact that it gave me a physical reaction?
Check out ‘Raw’ down below.