Song Premiere: Thrice, ‘Words In The Water (Polaris At Noon Remix)’

With seven studio albums under their belt in 13 years together, Thrice‘s eighth and recently released Major/Minor album found the Californian alt-rock quartet — frontman Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, and brothers bassist Eddie Breckenridge and drummer Riley Breckenridge -– going back to basics. Thrice returned to working collaboratively as a band, rather than the more individualized approach they’d taken on past albums. According to Eddie, that created a sort of “fighting back and forth,” and that tension-and-release is evident in the growing musical crescendo of Thrice’s “Words In The Water (Polaris At Noon Remix).”

The Breckenridges’ father passed away while recording Thrice’s latest album, Major/Minor. Whether or not the lyrics to “Words In The Water” directly reflect this loss, the remix further conjures a feeling of loneliness and sadness with its sparse instrumentation, which eventually builds to catharsis and hope. With quiet beginnings, Kensrue sings, “Standing knee-deep in cold water swiftly moving/Somehow I knew I’d lost something.” He continues, “Neck-deep, treading water, the tide pulled me out to sea,” before the music swells with orchestral touches and crests to meet the chorus. The contemplative mood ultimately culminates with a “lifting of a curse from my heart” bringing “brilliant light in the dark.”

Major/Minor is out now on Vagrant Records.

+ Listen to Thrice’s “Words In The Water (Polaris At Noon Remix).”