THESE PEOPLE recently released “A/B Vision,” the second single from their forthcoming EP, slated to drop in the near future.
The solo project of TJ Penzone, THESE PEOPLE was born subsequent to the dissolution of Penzone’s former band Men, Women, & Children. Rather than having a set line-up, the band instead rotates musicians. The songs are written, recorded, and produced by Penzone, with additional production and instrumentation by his brother Rick Penzone.
Musicians contributing to “A/B Vision” include Rick Penzone (drums, piano, whispers), James Usher (FX guitars), Walter Schreifels (backing vocals), Samantha D’Giff (backing vocals), with TJ Penzone providing lead vocals, guitars, and bass.
The sound of THESE PEOPLE, although embellished by a variety of genres, rides on primal rhythms, gaunt guitars, synthesized overtones, and nebulous vocals.
“A/B Vision” opens on an almost discordant metallic guitar, followed by an edgy measured rhythm, raw and crunching, as keening textures of synth hues stream overhead, infusing the harmonics with taut psychedelic tones. Hints of prog-rock filaments surge through the melody imbuing it with visible disturbances of residual energy.
Dreamy, ethereal vocals and haunting backing harmonies suffuse the lyrics with hooks of deepening perceptual aberrations, akin to a phantasmagoric reverie.
“Born parallel / Woke up mad / Bottled to explode, or expand / If we can only see it one way / Off our feet onto water / Greater than ourselves / We tried to climb a rope to sky, and we fell / We can see it two ways now / In unison, with our brains wired to each other.”
The video, surreal and kaleidoscopic, depicts a fantastic mélange of visuals reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey combined with images from a ’50s sci-fi movie, intermingled with blurred images of band members playing their instruments.
“A/B Vision” is wonderfully wrought, amalgamating starkly visceral colors with innovative sonic textures crowned by otherworldly vocals.