A menacing vocal can make all the difference in a haunting folk song like “Devil’s In My Car” by the incredibly talented Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite, and this single features one of the more chilling voices of any I’ve recently encountered in or out of the Canadian pop lexicon lately. As evocative as the strings behind it are, the serenade that slips in and out of view in “Devil’s In My Car” is what gives its strangely dreamlike video a bit of much-needed consistency, and although it’s not the only element in the song that I would credit as being noteworthy, it’s perhaps the main draw that listeners of the indie rock persuasion will appreciate in this stunning new single and music video.
“Devil’s In My Car” is a composition that could take on a totally different style and shape when played live, and I get the feeling that it was probably created during an intimate jam session between the players in Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite. Were it electrified with a rock-centric distortion, it would resemble some of the more gothic material that the Bad Seeds issued so many years ago; if sewn into a larger breakdown of string harmonies, it would resonate with the Appalachian nattering of an ancient Americana far from the cold Canadian lands this band calls home. This song is a very interesting cocktail to put it mildly, and even though the video presents it as a homespun folk tune, describing it as such seems, to me at least, just a tad too dismissive of its diverse color and experimental tonality.
There’s not enough here to give up a perfect forecast, but I think that it wouldn’t be a big stretch to say Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are onto something really special with “Devil’s In My Car,” which in both music video and single forms sums up the versatile personality of its creators better than almost any other song on Canyon Diablo does. It’s an original effort from a group that could go in any direction at this point, and I don’t believe it will be the only exciting ballad they issue during their time in the spotlight.