Tell you what, if you told us that Hundred Waters would return with a song as zippy and pop-leaning as Particle, we’d have laughed you out of the room and then slammed the door in your face. But what a marvel this is, showing renewed vigour for a band that just keep on surprising.
The comparisons (Heap, Etienne, etc) will be inevitable but irrelevant. As Hundred Waters say themselves: “‘Particle’ is a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.”
That’s all bang-on: it feels personal, exploratory, and a huge new expansion into territory they’re set to conquer.