A few months back, North Carolina’s Sinai Vessel announced the long-in-the-works Brokenlegged with sweeping lead single “Dogs,” and today they’ve followed it up with “Looseleaf,” the driving scratcher that opens their debut album. “It’s a necessary phase/ Moving on/ It gets better every day,” Caleb Cordes sings in the last lines of the song, a motivational marker that’s contrasted by the conflicted, conflicting nature of the song itself.
“In a way, Brokenlegged as a record feels like an epilogue to violent change, and ‘Looseleaf’ is the introduction to that theme,” Cordes explained to Brooklyn Vegan, who debuted the track. “The record as whole is about the fallout of truth — liberating truth, but truth that deems all your former comforts a farce. My own experience with this brought me to the question at the heart of this song in particular: do I begin sorting through my life and deeming false comforts as fit for deletion, or do I delete myself out of my own life altogether?”