The single, which features versatile Californian rapper Tyler, The Creator, stations Alex O’Connor’s staple silky vocals, alongside a relaxed RnB type beat. ‘OPEN A WINDOW’ encompasses Rex Orange County’s ability to mix pop, RnB, and indie to create a soothing and catchy new sound.
The track gives fans an insight into what to expect from his upcoming album, which seems to be a conceptual shift from the previous albums he has released. Having previously gained popularity for his self-deprecating lyrics, ‘OPEN A WINDOW’ is a departure from his melancholic approach. This is evident in the lyrics: ‘Stuck here and I never seem to get away, but I’ll hold on / I’m tryna find a way out’. There seems to be a much more positive take here – an attempt to escape the situation he is in, whilst reminding fans that whatever they are going through, there is always a way out.
The feature from Tyler, The Creator, was especially exciting, as this is the first time the two have collaborated on a track since Flower Boy in 2017. Tyler’s verse really completes the tune – his distinctive flow fits with the RnB/pop blend.
‘OPEN A WINDOW’ is utterly fantastic. It’s a feel-good tune that could be enjoyed by anyone, and is a great insight into what fans can expect from Rex Orange County’s newest album, WHO CARES?.
Rex Orange County’s newest album, WHO CARES? is out now. Listen here.
Words by Connie Burke
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