Existentialism is a frequent idea explored in Terence Nance‘s creative pursuits. The film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, the show Random Acts of Flyness — and now the song, “Infinince or Infinity.”
“Infinince or Infinity” marks Nance’s debut under his musical moniker Terence Etc. Made up of two parts the track is a “cinematic take on the autobiographical folk song,” beginning as a melancholic ballad driven by the light harp plucks of Brandee Younger before shifting into dance-funk territory, Solomon Dorsey‘s bass and Sly 5th Ave‘s horn arrangement ending the song on a more upbeat and celebratory tone. But Nance’s existential woes are the focus throughout, his lyrics taking on a conversational tone with someone who’s presumably a former lover.
“Tell me that I’m in your dreams/Please tell me that I’m in your dreams,” he pleads throughout the song’s first half, culminating in its bittersweet last lines in the final half.
“I’m easier to dream about, than I am to love,” he sings right before the song ends. There’s a poignant acceptance in those final words, Nance’s rumination leading to the sorrowful acknowledgment of a love that has ended and become a memory.
“Infinince or Infinity” comes from Nance’s forthcoming untitled EP. The track features Solomon Dorsey on bass and guitar; Nick Semrad on keys; Adam Jackson on drums; Brandee Younger on harp and background vocals by Nick Hakim. Sly 5th Ave arranged the song’s horn parts.