Straight White Teeth – “Wandererer”


“Wandererer” is a dreamy, contemplative new single from Straight White Teeth, a Kansas City-based project led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick McGuire. A retro-fitted piano and loose percussive sparseness complement a weary-sounding vocal lead — “always working for a place in heaven,” — expressing a sense of limbo: “but I’m working through it.” The nocturnal piano bounce and haunting dual-layered vocals impart a resonating imprint throughout, exuding a timeless and hypnotic quality.

The track represents the first single from the project’s World’s Greatest Video Editor: Volume 1, comprising a large collection of songs intended to release over the next year. The music takes inspiration from a desire to heal and move on from a traumatic past, with the World’s Greatest Video Editor referencing a strategy within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

World’s Greatest Video Editor references a 15-year-old inside joke known among McGuire’s friends that he found fitting to apply to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) he received in early 2022 following a painful separation, in which he likened memories of his past to video clips that could be edited and viewed in new ways. But while the music is inspired by a desire to heal and move on from his past, the collection of songs don’t compromise McGuire’s knack for fearless and uncompromisingly honest storytelling, which aims to disarm and then devastate.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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