Today, Hundred Waters
announced that they will be releasing a new album, titled Communicating
, on September 14th. They also released a new single, "Blanket Me," with an accompanying video. If you're unfamiliar with the band, let this song be your introduction, because it's absolutely beautiful. The track begins quietly, with nothing but light ambient noise, some breezy piano playing, and frontwoman Nicole Miglis's vocals. But then, it gradually ramps up in intensity, eventually ending with a spectacular, emotionally-charged payoff.
The real highlight of "Blanket Me" is Miglis. Her voice soars all over this track, as if she were taking flight, and her performance is passionate to say the least. Her delivery in the song's final moments will definitely tug at your heartstrings.
One thing that's so great about Hundred Waters is how they combine "real" sounds with artificial noise. In the case of "Blanket Me," the best moment in the song has to be when Miglis repeats the refrain "blanket me, blanket me" over and over again while a distorted version of her own voice harmonizes with her. Little touches like these prove that Hundred Waters knows how to make good use of technology in the recording studio, without depending on it entirely. "Blanket Me" could have been an immersive enough piano ballad without these additions, but the band is creative enough to know how to keep you interested in the actual production of the song. If you liked how they achieved this with their new single, be sure to check out their previous work, especially their excellent self-titled 2011 album, which featured brilliant songs like "Sonnet":
...and, of course, there's their most famous track, "Show Me Love," which was remixed by Skrillex
(whose label, OWSLA, Hundred Waters is signed to). The popular remix of the song features Chance the Rapper
, Moses Sumney
, and Robin Hannibal
In short, "Blanket Me" is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable and moving songs that Hundred Waters has ever put out. Get excited about their new album, because this is a band that deserves your attention.