TRACK PREMIERE: slip “the optimist”
slip is Taylor Brown, formerly of Vanaprasta and Sun Drug, and also spotted recently contributing guitar to his old bandmate Collin Desha’s Low Hum. He’s exploring something new with slip, however, ranging into a kind of terrain where endless sky and troubled sea all blur into the same uneasy darkness. His prior track “the patient” was uptempo but not upbeat, but “the optimist” ratchets up the tension yet again. It’s something like when Radiohead covered Can, but with a surprise guitar break-out after the first nervous chorus—which is the first of a few surprises in this compact but potent song. slip has an album in the works, but “the optimist” single is out this Fri., Oct. 12.