Online Music Editor Megan Frost reviews Spector’s latest single
Succeeding their single ‘I Won’t Wait’ in June, Spector’s ‘Half Life’ has, in fact, waited. Yet, the song is hostile to patience, not-so-warily treading in a watching-the-world-goes-by stance. Spector’s latest ‘Half Life’ is in halves itself as vocals fissure into high and low octaves – the latter being Spector’s accustomed baritone; company for the lonely “waiting forever” in ‘I Won’t Wait’. Yet, the vocals here are more of just another self in another time, as opposed to an external force; solitude within a world of transience is embraced.
Spector’s latest ‘
Half Life’ is in halves itself as vocals fissure into high and low octaves
The music video, too, is segmented across crisp shots in Brick Lane: frontman Macpherson’s prevailing taxi journey and fuzzy neon lights akin to disposable camera shots. Amidst these are shots of gambling with slot machines – coinciding with the fatalist view on “how it all pans out”. All that is constant is the movement between the incomplete shots, captured, then left behind with no time for even a trance.
Beginning with its underlying muted bass, quasi discordant guitar riffs lap into a bouncy “sprawl” across time. So, s