The Raconteurs have released their fourth song from upcoming album, ‘Helps Us Stranger’
Acoustic rock has died a bit of a death, until now.
Straight from the start, this song is a showcase of the talent within The Raconteurs (Or The Saboteurs if you’re from down under). A tape recorded, haunting vocal track kicks things off for this single, accompanied by a soothing, finger-picked acoustic guitar, giving it a bluesy, vintage feel. It’s not long before the punch tones of synths, and the harsh strumming of Jack White’s new ‘Acoustasonic Tele’ kick the song into full swing though.
Alongside White’s acoustic, there is the electric tone which has stuck with White for all his years in the industry, and the little licks rip through the track like butter. The mix of harsh electric guitar, delicate drums, quick acoustic rhythms and the incredible vocals on both Benson and White creates a heavenly noise, and therefore creates the best single this band have released since reforming to get the third album out there.
However, it’s not all about the track, as the accompanying video is equally as delightful to watch as the track is to listen to. There isn’t much to say about it, as it speaks for itself. It’s simple, nothing too over-the-top, which could not only be describing the video, but the band also. You can view it here
I would say this is their strongest track yet, and if the rest of the album is anything to go by, then fans are in for one hell of an album. It’s good to see that they haven’t ignored the beauty of acoustic rock, especially considering how heavily it featured in their 2nd album, ‘Consoler Of The Lonely’, with tracks such as ‘Carolina Drama’ and ‘You Don’t Understand Me’.
Feature Image by: David James Swanson