When The Story So Far was gearing up to release the highly anticipated What You Don’t See earlier this year, the expectations for it were sky high. In 2011, their debut, Under Soil and Dirt, propelled them to the top of the genre, and deservedly so. With the follow-up, fans seemed to be split on what they wanted. Some wanted to see progression and growth while others would be content with USAD part 2. In the end, what we got was an extremely solid album that doesn’t do anything to separate itself from its predecessor. Those who wanted to see a musical departure were ultimately disappointed.
But with “Clairvoyant,” from the band’s upcoming split with Stick To Your Guns, they show another dimension. The track features vocalist Parker Cannon softly singing over a gently picked acoustic guitar. The sparse production gives it a very raw and organic feel, which plays into the song’s overall somber atmosphere. The real standout here, however, is the vocals. Cannon’s voice is hardly recognizable, but he delivers an absolutely incredible performance. Gone is his trademark yell, replaced by a gentle, melodic croon, but all of the emotion and passion that makes The Story So Far special is still present. Even with everything stripped away, there is such a power that the band brings.
“Clairvoyant” shows a side of the band that many people did not know was there, and the little bit of musical experimentation here yields extraordinary results. So whether the band decides to embrace this sound and incorporate more musical variety in their next album or continues to deliver more of the same, rest assured: The Story So Far can do no wrong.