The Needle Drop

White Hinterland - "Ring the Bell"

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Casey Dienel's White Hinterland project has been extremely quiet since the release of their last LP, the great Kairos. Now, four years later, Dienel is ready to release the project's third album, Baby. The first track to drop from it, "Ring the Bell", sounds like a natural progression from the songs on Kairos, except this time Dienel is going for something less nocturnal. While she retains and expands upon the R&B/Dirty Projectors-influenced vocality of that album's highlights (especially the still-awesome "Cataract"), she also pushes the brightness level up to 11. This song is busy; so much more cacophonous and dizzying than anything she's done yet. The melody is full of surprising little twists, and the horns that enter partway through are a nice touch. I'm so glad White Hinterland are finally back, and this song gets me so pumped for their new LP.

Watch the lyric video above and look out for Baby on April 1, via Dead Oceans.