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As if sensing an opening for gloomy, expansive, fuzzy art rock, the e-mail featuring a new version of “The Grey Man” (the song was on a 2008 demo recording) was billed as “your monthly True Womanhood fix.” This latest song from the D.C. outfit once again features singer and guitarist Thomas Redmond‘s voice garbled by a malfunctioning tape delay and surrounded by the familiar hints of dubstep and distorted waves. Comparisons to Amnesiac-era Radiohead may well follow—Redmond’s voice has never sounded more like Thom Yorke‘s than it does in the new song’s final minute with a soaring refrain backed up by samples of melotron strings and a tack piano.
True Womanhood also hinted at an upcoming project making use of its recent purchase of an old 8-track reel-to-reel machine. Newly restored, the “monstrosity” will be used by the band for more new tracks that will be ripped and posted online as they are completed. “Expect lots of new songs, some covers, and lots and lots of experiments,” Redmond wrote in his e-mail announcing “The Grey Man” and the new series, appropriately titled “Reel Too Real.”