Well Well Well Releases “I’m Not Him”

From the moment “I’m Not Him,” the latest single from San Diego’s Well Well Well starts, a warm summer vibe rushes over you. There’s something half-melted and hazy within the instrumentals that pinpoints the exact musical intonation needed for the warm season, and the eclectic production instantly puts “I’m Not Him” above most so-called song-of-the-summer wannabes. With everything from plucky xylophone notes to twanged-out sitars and spacy, twinkling guitars and strung-out bass grooves, there’s surely no contemporary song coming out right now with the same ambition and confidence, and this is only the tip of the Well Well Well iceberg.

Working as Well Well Well’s third single leading up to their new album “Palm Springs,” “I’m Not Him” arrives merely a week after the funky, groovetastic “What’s Wrong With You” and title track “Palm Springs.” Continuing the trend of the throwback ‘70s sound of these two, “I’m Not Him” definitely has vacation on the brain as it adds chirping birds and similar textures into the soundscape — guitar tones have arguably never felt lighter as they play against a symphony of light and breezy keys, bass, and guitar. The band calls themselves “easy listening for uneasy people,” and their varied sound from single to single gleefully owns up to this definition. Palm Springs has three brilliant songs teeing up its release, and “I’m Not Him” might just be their best track yet.

Listeners might recognize a change based on these singles in Well Well Well’s overall production between their last LP What Do We Have Here? and Palm Springs, and that’s no doubt indebted to the groovy jazz wonder twins The Mattson 2, perhaps best known for their work with Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick, helming the album as producers. Their refined ear adds that magic touch to “I’m Not Him,” giving it the effortless cool aura it wears so fully on its sleeve. The single will assuredly pique interest for what’s to come from the rest of Palm Springs, and the music videos that have accompanied the album thus far only add to the wayback, throwback aesthetic. “I’m Not Him” is a single unstuck in time, finding life in the sounds of the 70s, the looks of the 90s, and the ears of the 2020s.

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Well Well Well positions themselves for greatness with “I’m Not Him,” coming onto the scene with sounds similar to that of Tame Impala’s optimistic, more put-together older brother from Southern California; there are touches of Paul McCartney’s solo fare, as well as less obvious modern indie deep cut tributes to Dr. Dog and that scene, and it all comes together to create a beautiful mosaic of exactly what a summer should feel like. There’s only so much a comparison can do for a band’s sound, though, and it’s important to note that Well Well Well is proudly unclassifiable at the end of the day. For fans of all things old that feel new, and new things that feel old, Well Well Well fits snugly into their niche corner.

Jennifer Munoz

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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