New Hands :: "Whichever Way You'll Have It"

Cheery synthesizers and rolling drums announce the arrival of New Hands' latest single, "Whichever Way You'll Have It." Finding its legs behind a bass line and vocal that owe a great deal to New Order, "Whichever Way" ebbs and flows between a more skeletal series of verses and a swirling chorus. The hook is the an offshoot of the title, the provocative and maybe pedantic, "Would you have it any other way?" Answering their own question in a final movement that recalls elements of the sublime Future Islands, the band insists, "I'm alive and I can't say no," a resigned bit of fatalism with a glistening post-punk veneer.

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