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Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio Shares Two New Tracks Dead Hand Control And Take It From Me

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio has shared Take It From Me and the title track from his upcoming album, 'Dead Hand Control'.

The songs serve as the latest preview of Baio's third solo LP, following the 2020 singles Endless Me, Endlessly and What Do You Say When I'm Not There?. He said:

"Dead Hand Control is a song about anxiety and the limits of control. I was thinking a lot about how, as a musician, I have control over what a recording is, but that once I put a song out into the world, I no longer control its life. That's essentially what the chorus line is saying - "Dead Hand Control / You can take my life but you will never take my soul" - you can do whatever you want to me, but the things I’ve made will (hopefully in some way) outlast me. I’d like to give a special shoutout to Jazz Ambassador Robby Sinclair for his absolutely heroic improvised drumming on the back half of the song. I filmed the video on my phone at home during Los Angeles’ second stay-at-home order."

The title track is a song of two styles, beginning with soothing acoustic guitar before switching to an upbeat funky vibe. Taking about Take It From Me, which has a more raw, DIY aesthetic to it, he added:

"Take It From Me is an attempt at writing my version of a children's song or a standard. Like many songs on 'Dead Hand Control', it is about being there for the people in your life to the fullest extent you can. It’s a song based around a very simple idea: you can take whatever you want in the world, so long as you take it from me."

The follow-up to 2017's 'Man Of The World' is due January 29 via Glassnote Records.

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