Energetic as Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls was, a common complaint was that all their songs sounded the same. Sure, some are better than others; it’d be tough for anyone to match the howling energy of “Hold On.” But all the tracks on that album followed similar lines: steady drums and balanced guitar that emphasize singer Brittany Howard’s powerful voice.
As the latest single from Alabama Shakes’ upcoming second album Sound & Color proves, things are going to be a little different this time around. On “Future People,” Howard sings like a time traveler from an ethereal future where everything sounds like Yeezus. Last week, Alabama Shakes previewed tracks from Sound & Color at an iHeart Radio event in New York. Several of them were more instrumental than vocal, or amplified Howard’s powers with new backup singers. The studio release of “Future People” further proves that Sound & Color will feature a deepening of the band’s sound.
Sound & Color is out April 20.