After the hooky, 80s-tinged song and clip for “Crystal Ball”, Waldo Witt is taking a different path down the road of sonic playfulness.
“Carteret” is a washed out, chill track that is all ambiance at first listen. The layers float, blending vocals with synths and burying the snappish beat under everything. There is a sense of mystery to the lyrics which speak in poetics of a last chance to make right.
The accompanying clip is pure visual art. Director Sefárdico created a version of America in which people show their affiliations through face paint and — as in all dystopian realities — those in power are not out to help the little guys. We follow a young woman as she moves through this world towards an intimidating leader in a dark bar. With a symbolic gesture befitting the clown-like makeup, she takes her shot. The world erupts into dance.
All the while, Witt’s dance moves — smooth after all that practice in the “Crystal Ball” video — and casual delivery remind us that our reality is not so far away from that depicted.