Cleveland multi-instrumentalist Marcus Alan Ward (previously known as Freeze-Tag) describes his new single “Sun Away” as “exploring the overarching themes of love at the subatomic level and self realization.” While that may feel a bit obtuse for some, Ward’s ideas take beautiful shape in the fuzzy, skittering psychedelic sound of “Sun Away,” continuing the ambitious step forward that “You Do” marked in directions less tethered to the expectations of alt-R&B or any other such forced genre classification.

Though the DNA of The Neptunes (particularly as it manifested itself in N.E.R.D.) still feels embedded in Ward’s ideas, the derivation feels loose and more a source of broad inspiration as he continues to build a distinctive sonic identity on “Sun Away.” Get lost in it below.

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