Majical Cloudz singer Devon Welsh has a voice that makes every word he utters instantly fraught with drama. It’s a chilling effect, used perfectly on songs like “Childhood’s End” and throughout his upcoming record, Impersonator, out May 21 via Matador. Today he’s released “Bugs Don’t Buzz,” another emotionally draining song from the album.
“The cheesiest songs always end with a smile,” sings Welsh at the beginning of the song over a sparse piano part, and things only get gloomier from there. The song’s use of space, particularly the way Welsh relishes the pauses after each word, gives it a haunting power. When a buzzing, warped synth appears at the close, it’s like the song takes flight. Check it out below.