The Range – “Ricercar”


The Range returned with his first proper single in six years, “Bicameral,” at the end of January — it made our list of the best songs of that week — and today he’s back with news of a new album called Mercury, his follow-up to 2016’s excellent Potential. We’re also getting a new single today, “Ricercar,” another soaring track that James Hinton elaborated on in a statement:


Ricercar – literally – “to search out” A Ricercar in a musical context is a prelude fugue that kind of sets the tableau of a piece to follow. I first heard about the concept of a Ricercar in a biography of Bach, who famously encoded his own name in a piece (H having been interchangeable as the name for B-flat at the time). At the time I wrote this song I was listening to a lot of rap from the 90s, specifically DJ Premier beats. As such I was rapidly collecting breaks and had just stumbled upon the Chief Kamanawanalea break by the Turtles and found that if I reordered the sections I could make this kind of palindromic composite break that seemed to propel the song along. This song features a vocal sample from Instagram of a singer covering Tamar Braxton’s ‘My Man.’ The lyrics are quite personal to me and are a good example of what I try to do in a lot of my songs. I tend to try to find a way to say something that I would never be able to say out loud. I think of my editing of lyrics as a pressure release

Watch a video for the track below.



TRACKLIST: 01 “Bicameral” 02 “1995” 03 “Urethane” 04 “Ricercar” 05 “Nor For Me” 06 “Relegate” 07 “A Tree Day” 08 “Balm” 09 “Cantor” 10 “Every Good Thing” 11 “Violet”

Mercury is out 6/10 via Domino. Pre-order it here. The Range is playing Elsewhere Zone 1 on 6/11 – tickets available starting this Friday here

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