TORONTO PSYCH TRIO’S FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE THEIR ACCLAIMED 2014 DEBUT
“The sort of deep-space cosmic-rock odyssey that they’ll be blasting on
Orion in 2020” - Pitchfork
“Heady space odyssey full of groovy motorik rhythms and
reverb-soaked hooks” - Rolling Stone
“The musical equivalent of colouring outside the lines” - CBC q
“This thing is breathtakingly beautiful, so listen to it” - Stereogum
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It'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.
With an accompanying video directed by Edmonton artist Christina Battle, “Still Life” provides a tantalizing glimpse of Absolutely Free's evolution, introducing layered electronic textures to the band's adventurous art rock. Stereogum premiered the video today, which features images of growth and erosion, nature and industry in quick, opposing succession.
“Still Life” Single Art // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
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.
"We collaborated with Christina Battle on the video. Her series of animated gifs, the world is a distorted landscape, brings a wider perspective to our song. Today’s news can debilitate you. Christina’s unrelenting juxtaposition of rusted objects, fossils, and natural disasters makes individual problems seem insignificant in the face of millions of years and forces greater than humanity. That perspective can help assess what we can do as individuals to steer the ship to a better place."
“Still Life" will be available on all streaming platforms November 15th. Stream or purchase “Still Life” here.
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