Vulnerable and bittersweet, Almost Sex’s “Eye to Eye” cuts deeper than most songs as the Brooklyn duo dive into the poignant depths of connection and disconnect, ideology and understanding.
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There is a specific type of distance when someone close to you is living on the opposite side of an ideological spectrum.
Vulnerable and bittersweet, Almost Sex’s fifth single cuts deeper than most songs as the duo dive into the poignant depths of connection and disconnect, ideology and understanding. An achingly emotional upheaval, “Eye to Eye” reckons with the differences that keep us apart through visceral lyrics and a raw, intimate performance.
I didn’t know you
Were walking away
I had so much left,
Much left to say
If you could forget,
Like I wish I would
Then maybe we’d be there
Maybe we could
See eye to eye
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “eye to eye,” Almost Sex’s third release of 2021 and their fifth song overall. The Brooklyn-based duo of Warren LaSota and Nick Louis, Almost Sex met on a dating app during NYC’s 2020 lockdown; theirs is a story of budding romance and artistic collaboration –the latter of which caught audience’s ears almost immediately after their first release. September’s debut single “Knockoff” blurs the lines of acoustic and electronic music as the duo spill their souls into a catchy song of self-deprecation and seduction. Their succeeding releases “Charmer,” “Rest Up,” and “Lie Heartfelt” have revealed a diversity of sound, texture, and style as the pair indulge in what they describe as bedroom pop balladry, a toe-tapping folk ditty, and indie-pop dance.
“Eye to Eye” arrives this spring as Almost Sex’s most crushing work to date. The duo’s focus on ideological differences feels particularly timely, considering the increasingly visible social, cultural, generational, and political divides that have come to bear over the past five years. “Eye to Eye” supersedes all of these nuances, however – capturing from a greater perspective the pain of separation and the ways in which our differences can feel isolating and leave us hurt and down.
If you can remember
Awake in the darkness
Nothing to say
Oh let me just hold true,
Hold it tonight
I guess that we’ll never ever
See eye to eye
“There is a specific type of distance when someone close to you is living on the opposite side of an ideological spectrum,” Almost Sex tell Atwood Magazine. “‘Eye to Eye’ is about how these differences can create walls in a relationship, and the longing to be on the same page, ‘But maybe there could be some way to, see eye to eye.'”
Nick Louis’ vocal performance is especially powerful throughout this song. His words fall, soft and tender, over a gentle acoustic guitar strum, but slowly grow bolder and more impassioned – rising dramatically, only to fall into a poignant and resigned chorus as he accepts a bitter fate: “I guess that we’ll never ever see eye to eye.”
We call them irreconcilable differences, but does that only widen an already pronounced gap? Our words hold weight; perhaps if we open ourselves up to understanding and try – however hard it may be – to listen, at least we can know we gave it our best shot. Everyone has that loved one they don’t quite see “eye to eye” with – be it a parent, a sibling, a close family member, or a friend. Almost Sex’s new song brings those scars to light, opening ever-present wounds and leaning into the strife they bring.
Evoking a wealth of feeling through a warm and subtle performance, “Eye to Eye” is a beautiful song. Stream Almost Sex’s new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more from this exciting Brooklyn band in the months to come!
‘Cause when you showed me love,
All I heard were complaints
But I’ll appreciate you
When it’s all too late
I don’t know you now
I think you’d say the same
But maybe there could be some way to
See eye to eye
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