John War: “Plurals”

As you know, we are big fans of all things John War. The guy has been on an absolute tear lately! After dropping several tracks last year under his production duo moniker Best Picture – in addition to recently unearthing a few old solo tracks – the Los Angeles musician also produced the stunning new single from indie R&B crooner Jordan Raf, a fellow LA artist and At The Barn fave. Now, War has unveiled yet another beautiful and sonically diverse solo track called “Plurals.” Chameleonic in nature and blending so many widely different sonic impulses, it’s yet another triumph for the rising singer-songwriter-producer.

“Plurals” opens on a series of glitchy beats and warped electronic melodies that soon coalesce into a serene indie rock ballad. Here, War’s voice is pure and sweet and cuts through the track’s stomping percussion, pulsating trap hi-hats and careening atmospheric touches. The chorus absolutely soars thanks to a smattering of twinkling piano notes, reverberating guitar chords, airy synths, countless samples, and anthemic lyricism. “Stuck on deceptive memory of/ See me back then/ Where was I running?/ How are we so close/ If we’re not in love?” he sings, full of nostalgia for a romantic past. The song offers an interesting perspective on breakups: that there is beauty to be found in the dissolution of a relationship, especially if that experience leads to positive change for each person involved. Ultimately, it’s a bittersweet take – one bolstered by phenomenal production and heart-on-your-sleeve honesty.

“Plurals” is a kaleidoscopic single hitting elements of indie, lo-fi rock, slick modern electronic pop, and swirling plunderphonics. And it feels just as indebted to production marauders like J Dilla and the Avalanches as it is to songwriters like Frank Ocean and Car Seat Headrest. Listen to it below via Soundcloud, and check back here for future John War coverage. 

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