Song of the Week: Bartees Strange – “Mustang”

A vibrant, high-energy track.

It’s always exciting when a new voice enters the scene and instantly makes themselves known with a song that’s built for repeated listens. That’s exactly what Bartees Strange has done with “Mustang.” The new single follows an EP of covers that reimagined songs by The National. While the artist did a great job melding those tracks to his own style and vocals, his own original tunes look to be just as appealing, based on this song.

“Mustang” is a feverish blitz of guitars and shimmery synths, all held together by Strange’s expressive voice. Named after the Oklahoma town where he grew up, the song moves from smoothly sung lines to aggressive, fiery shouts. In one line, he declares himself “a beast from the southern coast,” but then admits “I lie for a living” and that “I just wait for my horses now.” His vocals get more desperate and rawer as the song continues, a call for those horses to take him away from this place.

“Mustang” is out now.