Told Slant, the solo recording project of Brooklyn songwriter Felix Walworth (they/them), has shared “Run Around The School,” the new single from their first new album in 4 years, Point the Flashlight and Walk.
Of the song Walworth says: “‘Run Around The School’ is about the allure of loving another regardless of reciprocity or the promise of being loved. It explores the beauty and delusion of pining, and of love’s power to satiate us even with its table scraps.”
Known for their bare, down-tempo, guitar-driven arrangements and understated lyricism, Told Slant’s third full-length is their most complex work to date. The album weaves through hypnotic rhythms, tumbling piano, and delicate harp, continuously complemented by Walworth’s keen ability to evoke tangible intimacy through vocals and unconventional percussion.
Point the Flashlight and Walk is available for pre-order now and due November 13th via Double Double Whammy.
Walworth uses Point The Flashlight and Walk to explore the limits of devotion; How deeply can one sublimate themselves through devotion to another? What is lost and gained when that devotion is ruptured? The album’s dual lead singles “Family Still” and “No Backpack” dive headfirst into this theme of devotion and encapsulate the graceful and layering arrangements that shine through on the album.
Written and recorded in solitude in their bedroom, the creative process of making Point The Flashlight and Walk mirrors its narrative subject; the result being a layered arrangement built from the bottom up through experimentation, failure, failure, more failure, and inspiration.
It’s an adventurous and personal collection of songs, employing new instruments and avoiding usual song structures. Point The Flashlight and Walk exemplifies a clear progression for Told Slant, while preserving the sing-along moments and heartbreaking lyricism that has captivated fans for nearly a decade.