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The Complex Dialect

AltWire’s Indie Song of the Week

This week’s Indie Song of the Week is The Complex Dialect’s – “Looking For A Friend For The End Of World”.

The song centers around the importance of having true human connection, not only when times are good, but even in those last moments when human civilization could come to an end.

Smooth vibes connect with our ears giving the track a hunting vibe, as Lola Campbell expresses the longing for companionship in the last days.


AltWire Indie Artist of the Week – The Town’s own GQ

This weeks featured Indie artist is Oakland raised emcee GQ.

GQ comes with enough bars to argue his place as one of the West Coast’s top rising stars. GQ is signed to 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records giving him access to production on par with the verses he spits. Expect an honest perspective of a young Black man growing up in a bleak environment. Take this journey with GQ as he rises above what is a trap to outsides.

He is three releases in with his most recent E 14th, which dropped on November 17. Be sure to stream and purchase his release on all platforms. Check out the first single released entitled “Can’t Run”.

The Complex Dialect

Seattle’s 8-Piece Progressive Outfit Complex Dialect – “Change”

Photo: Hanna Stevens

The Complex Dialect is an 8 piece progressive outfit homegrown from Seattle contributing an array of sounds engulfing the listener in a full blown musical experience. When it comes to their new release “Change” they hold back no punches not only expressing their inner selves musically but lyrically as well.

“Change” addresses problems (Side A) we face in our current political and societal atmosphere while also offering a solution (Side B) side to these issues we are plagued by. The Complex Dialect is a diverse group of individuals who touch on matters such race (Radar), the 1% (Capitalism), addiction (Fall), and inner struggles(No Man’s Land). These dilemmas mentioned are the main focus of (Side A: Problem) giving listeners a copious amount to absorb and process given the circumstances we are presented today.

 “Capitalism” is a track that guitarist Earnie Ashwood describes:

“Capitalism is about living in an economically unforgiving society that is controlled by corporations and the top 1%. The song calls out the external conditioning that creates said economic state while at the same time draws attention to the personal decisions we make that contributes to our own social economic oppression. The brands we buy, how we spend our currency (the most important currency being time), and how we constantly have our financial status on our minds are large contributors towards a system that strips away many of the qualities that make up our very humanity. The song is about taking a step outside of oneself and challenging the personal ignorance of the unwilling contributions one makes to their own personal subjugation.” – Earnie Ashwood

On the release of Change, he further states:

“Words will never be able to express what it means to us to be able to complete and share this album. From the beginning it has been our goal to provide a realistic perspective of where the world stands, and to provide connection and comfort in knowing that we all are not alone in facing challenging issues. It is our sincere hope that this album brings a sense of collective bonding, while providing a safe space for inner reflection and true personal change.” – Earnie Ashwood

The beauty of their album is they not only address problems and then leave the listener hanging, but they come together on (Side B: Solution) and give different  perspectives on how to bring the change we seek. The theme of oneness reigns supreme in “One Constellation” showing that differences can be set aside when we realize we all are from the same source. Side B reflects on the importance of our interactions with others and within ourselves.

The Complex Dialect displays the problems and solutions over a musical landscape infused with Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Alternative organically producing an inventive sound.

Stand-Out Tracks:

“Rude”, “Looking For A Friend For The End Of The World”, “One Constellation”, “Radar”

You can purchase Change LP at:

This Week’s Hip-Hop and Indie Releases

Good Music coming your way!

Hip Hop & Urban Releases from Dec 1- Dec 8

December 1

Roy Wood$- Say Less
Chief Keef- The Dedication
Miguel- War & Leisure

December 8

Statik Selektah- 8
Kidz In The Hall- Free Nights & Weekends
Post Malone- Beerbongs & Bentleys
50 Cent- STreet King Immortal
T.I- The Dime Trap
KXNG Crooked- Good vs. Evil: The Red

Indie Releases from Dec 1- Dec 8

December 1

Mojo Barnes- Signs
The Complex Dialect- Change
Glassjaw- Material Control
Morbid Angel- Kingdoms Disdained