Split Single is a solo project by Jason Narducy, formerly of Verbow, recorded with Britt Daniel of Spoon and Jon Wurster of Superchunk. “Fragmented World” — one of three songs posted on the band’s website — is an immediately-catchy piece of perfect power pop.
The song is so successful in its sunny sound that it can be easy to miss the song’s slightly less-happy lyrical subject matter: “I live in a fragmented world / ever since you went away /I barely breathe in a fragmented world / while I find my way.”
Narducy is also the touring bassist for Bob Mould (formerly of Husker Du and Sugar), and played on Mould’s most recent album Silver Age. It’s easy to hear some similarities between “Fragmented World” and Sugar’s sunny-side (as opposed to the soul-annihilation of Beaster), especially in the “do do do’s” of the song’s outro. And when it comes to alt-pop and power-pop, the template of Sugar is arguably the best place for a band to start. There also seem to be some similarities with Warning-era Green Day; “Church on Sunday” is a good example.
Split Single will be releasing a full-length album at some point soon, and we’ll let you know when.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.