The Range returned with his first proper single in six years, “Bicameral,” at the end of January — it made our list of the best songs of that week — and today he’s back with news of a new album called Mercury, his follow-up to 2016’s excellent Potential. We’re also getting a new single today, “Ricercar,” another soaring track that James Hinton elaborated on in a statement:
Ricercar – literally – “to search out”
A Ricercar in a musical context is a prelude fugue that kind of sets the tableau of a piece to follow.
I first heard about the concept of a Ricercar in a biography of Bach, who famously encoded his own name in a piece (H having been interchangeable as the name for B-flat at the time).
At the time I wrote this song I was listening to a lot of rap from the 90s, specifically DJ Premier beats. As such I was rapidly collecting breaks and had just stumbled upon the Chief Kamanawanalea break by the Turtles and found that if I reordered the sections I could make this kind of palindromic composite break that seemed to propel the song along.
This song features a vocal sample from Instagram of a singer covering Tamar Braxton’s ‘My Man.’ The lyrics are quite personal to me and are a good example of what I try to do in a lot of my songs. I tend to try to find a way to say something that I would never be able to say out loud. I think of my editing of lyrics as a pressure release
Watch a video for the track below.
05 “Nor For Me”
07 “A Tree Day”
10 “Every Good Thing”