Multi-instrumentalists Jordan Brooks and Colin Killalea are the brains behind the brand-new project Ex-poets. The duo met at The New School in New York City, and have previously worked together under the name Pocketknife. They also spent several years touring and recording with Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, who was working on a solo project at the time. Reunited and creating original music together once again, the pair are releasing their debut album Too Much Future via Text Me Records on September 26. The gauzy "Tracks" is the third single to be released, following "Still Waiting" and "Colorguard."
The track was "written after a fever dream while things were coming into clarity about a past relationship," according to Killalea, and intentionally shares a name with Louise Erdrich's novel Tracks. He called it an "elemental song" that is "mourning a loss, and set in nature." Influenced by Sade's album Lover's Rock, the resulting song is rich in texture and saturated with the sounds of heartbreak. The sonic intensity grows with each second, culminating in a climactic realization followed by a sudden yet necessary release. Also on the track are Brian Wolfe (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Sufjan Stevens) on percussion and Frank Locrasto (Cass McCombs) on the keyboard.