"Absolutely" is the new single from the quintet, and it's a teaser for a new album releasing August 18th called Violent Sun. The song is full of atmospheric guitar work, resonant lyrics, and the band's trademark dual lead vocals.
Dive in to the dreamy lead single, which can be streamed below in a Cellar Door Music Group exclusive first listen:
While it gives some idea of the new LP's more atmospheric feel, "Absolutely" also offers some insight as to the running themes of Violent Sun. The band has publicly described the album title as a paradoxical metaphor for love, an unstable force that burns with the potential to give life as well as destroy it. In that context, the lyrics of "Absolutely" are especially poignant when one recognizes that they are delivered in the past tense. The titular chorus says, "I would have given you anything / Absolutely, absolutely / You told me to slow it down / But I would never listen, no". Note also how the lines essentially contradict each other, much like the album's central concept.
Haniwa has dealt with big, emotional ideas before, but on "Absolutely", the music more than matches this, especially in its grand third verse. The overlapping male/female lead vocals counterpoint each other for a vibrant, imagery-filled moment before finding harmony in one another, building to a powerfully delivered closing line, "You and I absolutely". It's a beautiful arrangement that is fittingly bittersweet, at once clamoring for an emotional truth while knowing its ultimate fragility.