Barrett announced his new endeavor in an Enemies List newsletter back in May with a fairly simple description: "Think chillwave, but depressing, and not really all that chill, either." He's got a great way of making dreary atmospherics sound sublime even as he sings about something as depressing as, say, suicide (see: Giles Corey's "I'm Going to Do It"), and the songs he's released as Black Wing are no exception. OK, so the guy has only released two Black Wing songs so far, but they slay. Barrett dropped an unmastered demo of his second one, "My Body Betrayed Me," earlier this week, and I fell for it quickly.
"My Body Betrayed Me" combines a stark, mechanized postpunk beat, gentle shoegaze guitar hum, feathery ascending synths, and Barrett's cool, multitracked vocals into an uplifting, celestial tune that belies its heart-wrenching and bleak lyrics; even as he sings about dying Barrett manages to sound just a little bit blissful. Take a listen to today's 12 O'Clock Track, and if you like what you hear download it from Bandcamp for whatever price you desire to pay.