ABSOLUTELY FREE - “STILL LIFE”
t's been just over four years since Absolutely Free released their self-titled debut LP, an album of "prog pop mini-suites" (Pitchfork) that garnered comparisons to Caribou, Tame Impala, and Broadcast from outlets like Pitchfork, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, was long-listed for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, and saw the band tour extensively with artists like Preoccupations and Alvvays. Composed of Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg, Michael Claxton, and Matt King - three musicians with varied, multi-disciplinary backgrounds in music, film and visual arts, and a long history together – Absolutely Free has been engaged in a broad collection of projects since their debut, but have not released new original band material since 2014.
Today, Absolutely Free are breaking into motion with the release of "Still Life", a new single that serves as a prelude to a busy 2019. Produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Wild Nothing) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive, Beach House), "Still Life" elevates the band's masterful attention to sonic detail with an emotional urgency befitting these times – and raises anticipation for a sophomore album in the new year.
In the band's words: "'Still Life' starts in a familiar universe and bubbles up into another. The shift illustrates an appetite for personal, political and stylistic change, boiling over. The song examines feelings of being worn down and halted by progress, stagnating both in society and individually. It is about breaking free from patterns of still life defined by cyclical, repeated forms of inaction, and predictable modes of conformity."
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