Talk about a throbbing wound. The ache in “Fake Heat,” by Mississippi duo Water Liars, is as painfully palpable as they come. Both band members Andrew Bryant and Justin Kinkel-Schuster are exceptionally emotional throughout the slow-moving folksy/indie rock track, calling, telling, cautioning of an impending doom. When it isn’t crunchy and soaring, the music — which sometimes calls to mind Band of Horses balladry — seems to sigh heavily and sadly. This back and forth between explosive feeling and somber resignation, alongside the moving harmonies (especially towards the second half of the song), really makes this lead single standout as a heartbreaker.

Water Liars
Fake Heat

“Fake Heat” is off Water Liars’ new album, Wyoming, out March 5th via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.

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