Manic, the latest single from Toronto’s Prince Innocence, may have just heralded the end of synthy summer jam season.
The deep, bassy intro hearkens back to late 90’s Triphop. The song itself has a dark and ominous feel throughout. The lyrical content does nothing to brighten the mood, with its reference to ‘dark hallways and wasted days’.
In particular the track reminds me of the debut records from Baxter and Dot Allison in the late 90’s and is a far cry from Prince Innocence’s earlier upbeat synth tracks that fell squarely in the ‘Songs Inspired By Drive’ genre. While closer in feel to last year’s ‘I Don’t Care’, this piece sees the band exploring darker material both musically and lyrically, with a look into depression.
While I was a big fan of their earlier sound, there is a lot of that going around, and not so much introspective Triphop these days, so consider me anxiously looking forward to the forthcoming full-length LP from Prince Innocence.