Spring Silver| photo courtesy of the artist // Bartees Strange | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the artist // Sad13 | photo by Natalie Piserchio | courtesy of the artist
Spring Silver collaborates with Bartees Strange and Sad13; covers Oneohtrix Point Never
Washington DC’s Spring Silver, real name K Nkanza, describes their work as “queer metal” and “they/themcore.” Their latest single, “Plead Insanity,” featuring fellow DC artist Bartees Strange and Philly rocker Sad13 (aka Sadie Dupuis, who also fronts Speedy Ortiz) is no different. “Plead Insanity” is inspired by the “fear of being labeled ‘insane,’ ‘crazy’… this song brings that view to romantic love, exploring the ways it is practiced.”
“Plead Insanity” is a roiling rock track, with anthemic vocals and turbulent guitar lines. Spring Silver marries ferocious post-punk with melodic indie rock; the track walks a tightrope between emotional and aggressive, never dipping too far in either direction. The production is quite similar to the quirky, off-beat punk that Bartees Strange has been putting out, notably in his last release, Live Forever. Check out our latest interview with Strange here.
Spring Silver’s latest single is also released alongside a cover of Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Long Road Home,” from the electronic artist’s latest album, Magic Oneohtrix Point Never. While the original track is heavily processed, featuring synthetic instruments and a myriad of vocal filters, Spring Silver adds layers of emotion with distorted guitars and a laid-back vibe.
Check out Spring Silver’s “Plead Insanity,” featuring Sad13 and Bartees Strange, and “Long Road Home (Oneohtrix Point Never Cover)” here.