The track opens with a major to minor back and forth, packed with eerie bells, a slithering flute, and a groovy Rhodes keyboard that all together conjures the madness of a 60s vibe, filling the soundscape with lushness and then suddenly dropping out of the mix to leave a naked acoustic guitar – It’s The Byrds meet a somnambulant Jefferson Airplane in a foggy cemetery. The production is seductive; it’s mysterious; you are invited to enter the world of The Henchman by New York’s Azwel from the forthcoming album Halcyon, due in September.
The henchman made you what you are today
The vocal is buried in layers of reverb and is not the centerpiece of the mix, which manages to be both a throwback in vibe but also entirely modern in terms of audio choices and sound. This pulled-back vocal almost adds to the mystery, causing the listener to lean in to the enchanting and unsettling world of the song. Each listen gives the audience access to a different line, a different phrase. We don’t always know what’s going on, but we sure like it.
The Henchman is a genius piece of esoteric pop from Azwel’s Jason Perillo that leaves the listener on the edge of their seat, hotly anticipating the cool down of September and the release of the new album Halcyon.