June 06, 2023

Ward White: "Like A Bridge" video

Watch the new Ward White video for Like A Bridge, a track from his new album, Ice Cream Chords: "a worthy successor to an album that put him on the map after years of hard work. Sonically it is a treasure trove of smart hooks and intricate rhythm shifts. It might well be considered in years to come as part of the "Twin Peaks" in his discography". The clip was made by Heidi Adams.

White on how the song came together:

There’s a famous truss bridge in Trenton, New Jersey, with a neon sign spanning the entire length that reads, “TRENTON MAKES: THE WORLD TAKES” - a remnant of its industrial past. It’s highly visible from I-95, and as a kid it made a big impression on me, usually as a progress marker on long car trips. The Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Ontario has notable neon signs on either side of the border crossing, as well. The chorus plays on the double meaning, turning its attention to the bridge, or middle eight, of a song; particularly the appeal of a classic McCartney bass-driven bridge, suggesting that “counterpoint can cover a multitude of sins.” The verses veer off into old man-bar reportage, with dialogue from a litany of characters who frequent a long-standing small town dive. The track is built around the bass line, and it maintains a sense of tension because it never really resolves, harmonically speaking.

» wardwhite.net

HCTF review of Ice Cream Chords.

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