Black Country, New Road return today with their new single “Track X”. The track is the latest to be taken from their much-anticipated debut album “For the first time”, which is out on February 5th 2021 via Ninja Tune.
Having never been played live before “Track X” is an entirely new offering from the band and is a distinct change of pace from their previous output. Following on from their minimalist and foreboding single, “Science Fair”, the pensive new track is built around gentle cyclical guitar, bass and sax motifs, the instrumentation is intermittently interposed by discordant staccato strings before morphing into softer more melodic lines alongside mellifluous synth and cooing backing vocals. Speaking about the new single, frontman Isaac Wood says: “Track X is a song we first worked on in 2018 but one that never made it out into our live performances. We decided to resurrect it during the recording of For the first time and assemble it in the studio. The story is old but a good one and worth telling. We believe that people will enjoy singing along.”
As with the previous single, “Track X” is paired to a video directed by Bart Price who said the following about its themes: “The music video for ‘Track X’ is about nostalgia for being a kid and happy times with family, stupid moments with friends like feeding Cheetos to a giant horde of birds in a Walmart parking lot, and for Tumblr and YouTube videos of cats. But at the same time balanced with this is a comment on the transience of the past, like with the shots of the abandoned houses, and a sense that maybe what we remember isn’t quite real, like the idealised stock footage. I wanted to combine all of those emotions and thoughts together and make a 2000s style American home video.”
Watch the new video below.