Department S, the renowned group known for their 1981 UK hit single “IS VIC THERE?” and their enigmatic fusion of early Jam’s freneticism and the mysterious allure of 60s TV spy series, has returned with an explosive new single. Titled “So Far Away,” this mesmerizing track features the guest appearances of none other than Baz Warne from The Stranglers.
Describing “So Far Away” as a driving force of alternative-80s brilliance, the song transports listeners to a realm where early Cure collides with The Chameleons on an escalator heading the wrong way. The result is a captivating blend of post-punk jagged guitar and widescreen perfect pop, akin to the soundtrack of the greatest film never seen. Mixing organic instrumentation with synthesized motorik beats, Department S creates a sonic landscape that is both nostalgic and contemporary.
Recognized as a majestic, post-punk epic, “So Far Away” showcases Baz Warne’s exceptional talent on the guest guitar. Phil, the visionary behind Department S, shares his thoughts on the track and Baz’s involvement, highlighting the reflective nature of the lyrics and the wistful vibe reminiscent of The Stranglers’ classic album “Relentless.” Baz’s contribution, consisting of ten distinct guitar parts, enhances the song’s dual guitar attack to an imperious level.
With its striking combination of new-wave style and a distinct 80s twist, Department S’s “So Far Away” is a sweeping musical masterpiece that demands attention. Immerse yourself in their world of sonic artistry and discover a track that will leave a lasting impact.
Prepare to be immersed in a musical journey like no other as the all-star lineup of instrumentalists comes together for a captivating experience. Brace yourself for “Lights Out,” the latest single from a remarkable collaboration of talents.
Recorded at the prestigious Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY, this track showcases the extraordinary skills of Ari Joshua on guitar (Big High, AriSawkaDoria), Eden Ladin on keys (Gilad Hekselman, Avishai Cohen), John Kimock on drums (Mike Gordon Band, Otiel Burbridge & Friends), and Andy Hess on bass (Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes). With a discography that includes the critically acclaimed “Soulmine” and “Fresh” from Color Red Music, “Lights Out” marks their ninth independent release this year and eleventh overall.
Witness the magic unfold as Andy Hess and John Morgan Kimock create a dynamic and pulsating rhythm section, while Eden Ladin’s keyboards add an atmospheric touch to the composition. Ari’s guitar prowess, influenced by legends like Jerry Garcia, Kenny Burrell, Trey Anastasio, and Slash, weaves seamlessly into the fabric of the track. The chemistry among these extraordinary musicians is tangible, resulting in a smooth and laidback musical tapestry.
This session, recorded in a series of first takes, holds the promise of more musical delights to come. So, stay tuned and be prepared for an auditory feast that will leave you craving for more.