“Another Man,” the upcoming single from Americana duo Nickel&Rose, expresses a chilling, thought-provoking political stance on modern-day racism and prejudice in America. The single strips away every layer of comfort with harrowing string melodies quivering in rage as if they’re screaming in the face of ignorance. Lyrically, the single makes direct comparisons to the days of legal slavery, calling out the reverse progress America has made in regards to equality. “Another Man” is out for release August 12.
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“Another man is dead”, Carl Nichols sings as he strums with raw certitude and potent honesty. The single focuses specifically on black people in America, irrespective of gender, and the sheer injustices they face every day in modern-day society. Nichols sings, with bandmate Johanna Rose in the background, “Twenty-first century don’t mean a thing to me because it might as well be 1910”. Every lyric in “Another Man” strikes with undisguised anger and puts America and its corrupt systems completely on blast. Nichols exhibits his own fears and deep disturbances of what it’s like to be a black man in America. He sings, “They killed another man/ Police pulled a gun on me when I was only Seventeen/ I could have been that man.”
Each line is its own unsettling truth rooted in anger and intolerance. For Nickel&Rose, turning to music is their way to make sense of the absurdity and be a greater voice for those who feel lost inside the same state of bewilderment. While still upholding a classic Americana style, “Another Man” lingers in haunting darkness that is meant to be a bit unnerving.