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Today, Toronto's Absolutely Free are sharing a video loop their latest single, "Geneva Freeport" – the title track from their upcoming EP coming out on Ideé Fixe on June 20. Following the first single, "Currency" featuring U.S. Girls, which earned support from outlets like Fader, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more, "Geneva Freeport" is retro-synthetic new-wave with a rhythmic, melodic urgency that nods to Talking Heads, The Clash, Terry Riley, and William Onyeabor. The video by Julie Reich (aka Bile Sister) is a cyclical exploration of a 3D art gallery space housing abstract artifacts and an obscured basement of paintings, commentary on the EP’s themes of the commodification of artwork.
An exercise in tension, from its rumbling slow build-up to its blistering chorus – which subverts the lyric popularized by Louis Armstrong, “And I think to myself, what a wonderful world” – "Geneva Freeport" details an absurd fantasy about taking a holiday to one of the world’s most notorious high security art storage facilities. The band says:
"Through fantasy and the starkest of realities, this song brings to question the process in which economic value is prescribed to cultural artifacts, how that value is exploited through storing them in high security storage facilities (like the Geneva Freeport) to avoid paying taxes, and how it all seems so antithetical to why most artists create their work in the first place."
Mixed by experimental music auteur Sandro Perri, and featuring contributions from Meg Remy of U.S. Girls and Carl Didur of Zacht Automaat, Geneva Freeport is Absolutely Free’s first release since their 2014 Polaris Music Prize nominated debut record, and is a deeply considered collection of songs that proves that good things come to those who wait. Across its twenty minutes, the Toronto psychedelic trio creates a prismatic and pointed view of the binaries that exist in our culture, and reflects on the absurdity of polarized ideological perspectives.
Absolutely Free's Geneva Freeport EP will be released on June 20 on 12” vinyl and digital formats. It is available for preorder now. The band will mark the release with a special show at Toronto’s Dance Cave on June 20, as well as summer appearances at Luminato, OFF Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Crystal Lake Sound and more.
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GENEVA FREEPORT TRACKLIST
1. Geneva Freeport
2. Currency feat. U.S. Girls (Extended Mix)
3. The Endless Scroll feat. Carl Didur
Jun 14 - Guelph ON - Ebar
Jun 20 - Toronto ON - Dance Cave
Jun 22 - Toronto ON - Harbourfront Centre - Luminato Festival
Jul 5 - Montreal QC - Marché des possibles
Jul 6 - Quebec, QC - Meduse - Festival OFF
Jul 20 - Toronto ON - Aga Khan Museum - Moon Landing Festival
Jul 27 - Durham ON - Crystal Lake Sound
Sep 21 - Watsons Corner ON - Hollowfest