Eclectic Trio Denial Waits Debuts Genre-Bending Single “Father/Me”
One part stream-of-consciousness, one part enchanting ballad, “Father/Me” manages to capture the ethereal quality of trip-hop’s heyday while also breaking new ground. The song’s powerful drums and light-as-air keys play off each other, just as Ryan Thomas Mitchell’s raspy vocals make an interesting juxtaposition to Amanda Jay’s delicate tones.
“I always knew we needed that different element,” explains Ryan. “Timo [Friendly Timo of The Fair Attempts] and I had already stumbled upon a unique sound together, but I knew we needed another vocal element to really elevate the whole thing. Luckily, we were able to bring Amanda on board, and the project really started to take shape.”
That project became Denial Waits—a musical collective comprised of three members who have never actually met in person. Vocalist/keyboardist Amanda Jay [better known as Star Madman] is based out of Oklahoma City. Vocalist Ryan Thomas Mitchell resides on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, the band’s chief producer Friendly Timo lives in another country entirely—Finland (Tampere).
“I found out about Timo from his project, The Fair Attempts. He had such a unique sound, and I run a music blog, so that’s how our paths crossed. I never thought we’d wind up working together on something like this, but I sent him some old demos of mine to get his opinion, and it seemed to light a spark under him. He had most of the music for ‘Father/Me’ the next day.”
“Father/Me,” released on February 1st, 2021, explores the deterioration of relationships and the desire for catharsis. You can listen to it now on Spotify, Bandcamp, and other music platforms.
A music video is slated for release later this month.
More information about Denial Waits
Genres: Trip-hop, Electronica, Ambient, Downtempo
Portishead, Massive Attack, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxie and the Banshees
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