‘Floating Blood of Mine’ comes from his forthcoming third studio album, Floating, out 02.06.14 via Blood and Biscuits.
In comparison to the first, rather exquisitely eerie and aptly titled offering of ‘In Another World’, this track is, in contrast, upbeat and melodic on the surface – not what you would expect from the perhaps unsettling title. But on a closer listen, between the warm, chorused guitars coupled with shoegaze falsettos in the foreground, and sweeping synths in the background that gently glide us forward, lives Batz’s narrative of coping with personal social anxiety.
Therein lies the beauty of Batz: in being able to provide layered works of juxtapositions. As a standalone track, ‘Floating Blood of Mine’ is buoyant and optimistic. But when experienced as part of a whole, with the imagery of lifeless bunny-people and morose faces with dull eyes painted in gloomy shades, the disquieting undertones start to reveal themselves. The message of hope still holds true throughout the song, though, further encouraged by the uplifting choruses. However the overall brightness is dampened with this knowledge. Batz’s journey of dealing with social awkwardness and feelings of uncertainty in knowing what it is to be normal become less distant, and starts to make sense. These are the sorts of welcome disparities and quiet revelations that make ‘Floating Blood of Mine’ so rich.
The two singles set positive expectations of an album leaden with Batz-signature twists and turns down a sonic rabbit hole that one hopes will truly draw us in.