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Performed solo, the latest single from Olivia Kaplan's upcoming album is one of the most captivating we've heard in a while. "Still Strangers" focuses on Kaplan's vocals. Her guitar plays the same notes repeatedly, almost on a loop. The intensity of the guitar slightly changes so you barely notice, giving the song an almost hypnotic feeling. Kaplan is conveying so much emotion and intensity in her voice and guitar playing without rising much in volume. It's the kind of quiet power you hear in artists like Squirrel Flower and Elliott Smith. "Still Strangers" is a solo ballad that despite clocking in at 5:36 still leaves you yearning for more.
You can listen to "Still Strangers" below. Tonight Turns to Nothing is due out June 25 on Topshelf Records. You can pre-order a copy via Bandcamp. For more on Olivia Kaplan, check out the artist's Facebook.