At times an honest and naked statement about the end of a relationship, while at others the relationship becomes a metaphor for broader statements about the world, “Reciprocals” is a bittersweet song about failing to recognize one’s own shortcomings and over-analyzing a situation rather than acting out of compassion. The song opens with a minimal yet exacting beat, and unfolds into a lush textural soundscape of organic drums, resampled analog synths, and a powerful duet vocal. Beautifully mixed by Ken Andrews (m83, Nine Inch Nails, The Naked and Famous) and mastered by Randy Merrill (Adele, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga), it plays on the double meaning of the word, “is that reciprocal?” as in “do you feel the same?” and “I’ve been spending time with reciprocals” as in “I keeping looking at this as an equation”.
The song was written and re-written, recorded and re-recorded countless times over the 4 years it took to complete. The song marks a return to form for the The Forever Now, coming back to the indie synth-pop sound of their earliest demos, and reuniting with previous bandmate Lauren Austin on vocals, while adopting more organic sonic textures and a refined sense of songwriting.