Burnt Toast Vinyl is proud to debut a new song from Williams Shift’s forthcoming album We Were Wonderers.
“The Heads And The Bodies” is an energetic track that bridges Matthew Stone’s instrumental work as a member of Saxon Shore, which was also utilized in the initial Williams Shift preview track “Dock Ellis Spirit Animal,” and continues to layer vocals, synths, and strings to the soundscape. Shimmering female vocals, provided by vocalist Jill Purdy, were an essential requirement to Stone’s idea for Williams Shift and serve to balance Stone’s vocals. It borrows a bit of sunshine in the form of Brian Wilson-esque harmonies, linking to the summery scene of Ted Williams remembering his last at bat in Boston. Stephen Roessner’s masterful drumming and production add the final glue which holds the palpable sonic landscape together.
Lyrically, the track introduces the apocryphal story of Williams’ cryonically frozen head. When his blood was exchanged for the cryonic fluids, his severed head was placed on a small metal tuna can to prevent it from being frozen to the case where it was stored. Ultimately, the can froze to the head and proved difficult to remove. Thusly, an opportunistic worker in the facility used a wrench to knock the tuna can off, missing the can on the first strike, and instead bashing the frozen head of Mr. Williams.
Stream the track through the embedded bandcamp link below, pre-order the digital release through the band, pre-order the 2xLP /cassette package, the 2xLP, or cd of We Were Wonderers from btv, and order the We Were Wonderers Instrumentals cassette from our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN or directly from btv. The instrumental cassettes are shipping now to all who order separately or the 2xLP/cassette package!