Song of the Day 6/23/08: Alias - Well Water Black feat WHY?
Alias's "Well Water Black" whipped me sideways when the first verse kicked in - a soothing, pastel duet that seemed suspiciously restrained over the top of the instrumentals. Thirty seconds earlier, a muted, tail-heavy drumbeat seemed to foreshadow a genre-bending hip hop romp, and that first verse - at least temporarily - had me way the hell off guard. Enter WHY?'s guest vocals, flashing slivers of hip hop rhythm with an indie rock / downtempo cadence - and this track delivers on the cross-genre promise. This moves up and down like a slow, stalling roller coaster - it's a haphazard, but ultimately thrilling, ride.
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