M. Ward: “Primitive Girl”

Where M. Ward’s “The First Time I Ran Away” — the lead single off new album A Wasteland Companion — recalled his trademark hushed, anxiety-quelling solo catalog, our latest taste brings Ward’s lesser-discussed pop sensibility to mind. “Primitive Girl” is a simple, piano-driven ode to Ward’s unrequited love, who simply has no need for this self-proclaimed “primitive guy.” Bittersweet, understated, and ends just a bit too soon for this complicated dude, though perhaps that makes for an even more solid single — leaving us primed to hear more come April. As with many Ward cuts, this one’s a grower; give it a stream or two below: