If you’re already a fan of the Double Negatives, you’re going to dig their new singles, “My Sun is Setting” and “Commas,” and if you’re new to these guys…well, I’m pretty sure you’re still going to dig them all the same. The five-piece band from Long Beach Island plays with mood and tempo, crafting a specific response in the listener. On this single, that response is something along the lines of “THE WORLD IS SO BLEAK AND I HAVE SO MANY REGRETS”…but, like, in a good way, you know? It’s cool. I’ll explain more.
“My Sun is Setting in a Very Dark and Cold Landscape (Because as I Stated, My Sun is Setting)” seems like a gratuitously long title, but the track itself starts out with a compact minute of cheery lyrics like, “It’s a shit show in a shit storm and I’m wasting both our time/Let it rain so hard…I think I might drown.” Okay, so maybe cheery is relative. Anyway, this lead-up slams into head-banging, elbow-swinging, hard-rocking guitars, followed by a chanting refrain that fades out into hollow, haunting distortion.
With “Commas,” we see a bit more melody and intimacy. An emotional lament for a lost love, this track speaks of desperation and obsession. “Won’t you get outta my head?” singer Rob Connolly wails. “You are my addiction.” Drummer Kevin McDaniel keeps a sharp beat under the ominous-sounding backing, which gives this track the feel of standing in a moonlit graveyard in the Old West.
The Double Negatives’ My Sun is Setting/Commas is out now on Spotify, with more singles set to be released throughout 2018, so be sure to keep an eye out. You can catch the Double Negatives on March 2 at The Stone Pony before they head out on tour, but don’t sweat, because you can also check them out when they get back for a show on March 23 at The Asbury Park Brewery.
Carrie is N.J. Racket's copy editor and contributor of many album and EP reviews. She also has a puppy named Halo and loves Mac N Cheese.