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Hear This: Rex Orange County - New House


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Answering his 2017 breakthrough tune Loving Is Easy, the opening line to Rex Orange County's new single ("It doesn't come that easy anyway") symbolises a shift from his effortless R&B sounds to a ballad style.

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Released on Valentine's day, Rex revealed that 'New House' was dedicated to his own Valentine. Despite containing more than pessimistic lyrics, there are glints of hope to a readily obtainable future in this dedication: "I can see us in a house next year".

An image of domesticity is distracted by background noises of the sounds of children playing - a reminder of the outside world to a recluse - which is subtly blended in. This is used prior to the second verse which replaces the prominent piano with a synthesiser alongside with brass. The second verse again strips all previous instruments in replacement with an electric guitar, similar to the entirety of 'Corduroy Dreams'. Rex's instruments here are, instead, fleeting and move around a world built within his vocals.

'New House' also contains its own, separate brass section, a feature which is usually integrated with other instruments in most of his pieces. Rex retains his laid-back style by using minimalist, day-to-day language alongside with more stripped back layers of instruments. The lyrics are still meaningful - "I'll never depart / All the emotions straight from the heart" - that capture "all" the vivid emotion revealed. Despite all the different instruments coming and going between sections, Rex's vocals and his personal wish to "never" depart remain fixed to 'New House'. 

Listen to 'New House', released on February 14th.

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